Group of the Month: Cornwall Consolidated School R&S
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 4:45pm
Each month, a group with outstanding and creative projects is recognized as the Group of the Month. For February 2013, we celebrate Cornwall Consolidated School R&S. We caught up with Group Leader Tricia to learn more about what this group is doing to make positive changes happen for people, animals, and the environment!
What inspired you to start a group with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots?
In 2006, we had a couple of representatives of Roots & Shoots come to our school to talk to the kids. The following fall, we started our group with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at our small school. I was involved from the start but offered to take it over when one of the teachers was moved to 2nd grade.
Which of your projects has been your favorite so far, and why?
That is a hard question, we have had so many good projects. Probably when a few years ago, the group made craft projects to sell at a local church's holiday fair. Everything was made from recycled or upcycled items. Most popular item was trivets made from cork. We also made beads and bracelets from paper. A small group met several times a week after school and some parents helped out. It was just a real great coming together of kids and ideas!
What are your plans or goals for your next project?
The current fifth grade would like to do something to help the cheetah population. Our Friday meeting times have coincided with the school's ski program, so we have been missing valuable time, today we have an in-coming storm, so we will meet next Friday and I will have to see what they are planning themselves. We will also be continuing to improve on our recycling and composting project in our school. This spring we will be planting a REAL salad garden in our two new raised beds, with the hopes of a salad lunch some time in June.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to your group?
From our more recent group . . . maybe that we grew a makeshift salad garden last spring in a small area surrounding a tree stump with a good deal of sawdust and not much soil. Each kid picked what they wanted to plant from seed, then we planted and tended the area and by mid-June (when school was out) the area was starting to grow like crazy. The funny thing was, after the fact, we had a well-known garden expert come out to help us plan the new raised beds that we were to put in over the summer. She said the soil we grew our plants in was the worst and by all rights should not have been able to grow anything. She was amazed and baffled.