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Help Needed at Schiller School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Greetings Master Gardeners,

Hope your summer was full and wonderful! We are finally entering the new school year, and you had indicated at the end of class last April that you'd be interested in working on projects with children and schools.

We are beginning with two workdays. New plants have already arrived. This is short notice, so if you can just stop by to help out.

Monday, September 29 - meet at Schiller School at 9:30 a.m.


Tuesday, September 30. (The garden is in the front of the school, easy to find. Parking is right there too.)

Call Kate at 773-350-6589 if you can stop by to help out.

Schiller School is located near Cabrini Green (640 W. Scott) and had taken the cue from their students and written extensive grants for their own school Reading Garden. They want to incorporate quiet reading times and intro to horticulture into their regular curriculum. The school is in the process of building their garden this fall with the help of Christy Webber Landscaping and Extension. Open Books is another partner who will be reading with the kids.

Schiller school would like Extension Volunteers at the school twice a month on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons. If you would like to be a part of this, it would require a 3 hour commitment each month through the end of the 2008-2009 school year and will include outdoor workdays, indoor plant learning sessions, and (if you want) participating in the Bug Zoo, Worm Composting and other classroom activities.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, please reply to Kate by October 1st. We're looking for 3 committed Master Gardener's. Thank you so much! I'm very excited about this project- the kids were giddy with curiosity on our first workday last week! Thank you!

Kate Weinans

Urban Gardening: Youth Programs

University of Illinois Extension


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