Friday, April 27, 2012

Two Green Thumbs Up!

Our community never ceases to amaze me. Thank you, thank you to all of the amazing wonderful superhero parents, grandparents and teachers for giving up their Saturday to help spruce up the playspaces for Garden Day. The name "Garden Day" recalls a vision of delicate potting and trimming fragrant roses. Delicate this day was not! The school was literally buzzing with bandsaws, power drills, sanders, and the clatter of wheelbarrows full of soil. Our families helped build two large slide/climbing structures, a cool tire climber, re-furbished a beloved red playhouse, as well as make some existing structures more user friendly. The volunteers created an interactive water-wall, as well as a magnetic pvc pipe wall. They sorted and created a “loose parts store”, hung all manner of doo-dads, planted in garden beds, tires, boots, and just about anything that will hold a plant! Some brave souls watched the kids as other parents worked on the spaces. The crew was treated to Chef Nate’s muffins, as well as his salad trio and banana pudding for lunch, whipped cream and all. The rain came late in the afternoon, the perfect timing for all the thirsty new baby trees, shrubs and flowers. All and all, it was an exhausting and incredibly gratifying day.

While the banana pudding was truly divine, the real treat came on Monday morning. The kids swarmed the new spaces like bees to honey. And while a few baby plants may have met an early trampled end, the kids had a blast navigating and exploring all the new playground additions. Kids climbed, poured, sorted and played their hearts out. Throughout the week, the kids watched as the little seedlings sprouted through the dirt, and eagerly watered on rain-free days. Another heartfelt thank you to everyone who made that kind of magic happen. More then just extra hands, the help was an awesome reflection of our shared vision as a community.

Brandie and Joshua Martin- Samantha’s mom and dad
Sara and Lee Houston- Riley and Mary Ashley’s mom and dad
Helen Cheek- Riley and Mary Ashley’s grandmother
Christie and Tom Watson (Whitley’s mom and dad)
Tracy Devoe (Lindon’s mom)
Liam Shannon (Lindon’s dad)
Jennie Petruney (Beckett’s mom)
Amos Pederson (Beckett’s dad)
Carol Strothman (Lexi and Shayna’s mom)
Kristen Marbais (Andrew’s mom)
T.J. Jones ( Una’s dad)
Josip Odzak (Lillian’s dad)
Holly Buchanan (Megan and Gavin’s dad)
Eric Hansen (Lillian and Sam’s dad)
Bijal Shah (Navya’s mom)
Rob Fulcher (Colin and Graham’s dad)
Melissa Clark (Carissa’s mom)
Dawna Hawley (Charlotte’s mom)
Marc Desormeau (Charlotte’s dad)
Anne Kenyon (Taylor’s mom)
Mike Yarger (Nicholas’ dad)
Lesley and Dusin Buttars (aka Ms. Lesley and husband)
Jessica Larson (aka Ms. “Super” Jessica and Vera’s Mom)
Ed Larson (Super’s husband and Vera’s Dad)
Laura Suvick (aka Ms. Laura)
Erin Kroll (aka Ms. Erin)
Rachel Bachenheimer (aka Ms. Rachel and Adelaide’s Mom)
Lindsey Denton (aka Ms. Lulu)
Brian Dickerson (aka Ms. Lulu’s other)
Joy and Ryan Teasley (aka Ms. Joy and husband)
Steve Dock (aka Ms. Jennifer’s husband and Sarah Grace’s dad)
Mark Vavorusek (Ms. Wendy’s husband)
Jim Niven (aka Mr. Jim and Jolie’s dad)
Nate McMullen (aka Chef Nate and Summer’s Dad)
Kelly Reece (aka Ms. Kelly)

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