Students really dig the outdoors in Spring Garden study project


June 05, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE FIRST large-scale project at the Spring Garden Nature Study Area took root Thursday. For three hours, students from Spring Garden Elementary School, working under the guidance of high school students, planted 185 shrubs and trees.

The 175-foot-by-10-foot hillside plot is at the entrance of the five-acre nature area.

The school received permission to use five acres of county-owned meadow and woodlands as a wildlife and wildflower classroom.

The area sits opposite the school on Boxwood Drive.

Students planted ornamental grass, spirea and blue rug junipers. At the crest of the hill, they planted five Sunset red maples, a variety of the native tree.

Leo Hastings, owner of Tannenhof Nursery in Hampstead, created the landscape plan and sold the plants to the school at cost.

Student participation was coordinated by Vice Principal Jacalyn Powell, Dick Weaver, a North Carroll agricultural science teacher, and Tom Manger, who teaches wildlife management and landscape classes at North Carroll.

Manger's students were permitted to skip a course to help with the outdoor work.

Students in his landscaping course, taught in fall and spring, might be tapped for future planting projects at Spring Garden, Powell said.

"We're recruiting them for next year," she said. "They're also receiving community service hours for what they've done today."

Funds for the hillside planting arrived in recent weeks.

The Robert Field's Homeowners Association and Cub Scout Pack 790, which is sponsored by the school, each donated $1,000.

The School Improvement Team (SIT), a committee comprised of teachers and community members, took charge of the project under the direction of the vice principal.

Cub Scouts build trail

Cub Scout Pack 790 entered the woods at the Spring Garden Nature Study Area Sunday and emerged four hours later with a sweaty, dusty victory.

They completed mulching a 900-foot winding path through the trees.

In addition, five birdhouses -- assembled by Scouts from Den 1 -- were posted.

Fallen branches were gathered by scouts and chipped by Mike Azzarello, parent of John Azzarello, a former Pack 790 scout.

These light-colored chips mark areas where birdhouses were placed.

Pack 790 annually performs a conservation "good deed" at Spring Garden Elementary to show appreciation for the school's sponsorship.

Many scouts have completed several other outdoor projects and will now receive the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.

Those who helped mulch the trail were Storm Blizzard, Patrick and John Hennessy, John Ratcliffe, Chris Spriggs, Ryan and Russell Schroeder, Paul Dwyer, Adam Brodowski, Norman Ros, Alasdair MacLean, Scott Laderer, and friends Kyle Whitehead and Heather Schroeder.

Parents who helped were Dawn Ros, Cass Schroeder, Robert Brodowski, Jack Hennessy, Jim Dwyer, Gary Blizzard, Jim Spriggs and Brian MacLean.

Youth group yard sale

The second Indoor Yard Sale by the Youth Group of St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the parish hall, 3071 Park Ave., Manchester.

"The sale benefits our youth ministry activities in the community," said Beverly Elliott, youth committee member.

Yard sale items have been donated by members of the parish.

"Last year, it was amazing how much really nice stuff we had. We sold everything at a wonderful price. It's a typical good yard sale," said Dan Michaud, Youth Group leader.

About 45 middle and high school parishioners participate.

Information: 239-8881.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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