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1 Do the Right Thing: Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Part One Chevron’s Power of Student Energy Grant –City of Bakersfield Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Rosann Wattonville Freedom Middle School Jan. 31 to May 31, 2011

2 $500 Grant from Air & Waste Management Association This project began with a $500 Grant from Air & Waste Management Association to Rosann Wattonville, science teacher, at Freedom Middle School for the Project: Do the Right Thing! Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green!

3 Freedom Middle School 11445 Noriega Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93312

4 Ryan Wattonville’s Eagle Scout Project Ryan Wattonville, Mrs. Wattonville’s son, decided for his eagle scout project to get the garden going at Freedom Middle School. He came up with a plan to build square foot gardens with an irrigation drip system. 6/14/10-He measured the garden and “before”photos were taken. 8/09/10-He spoke to principal Chuck Monaco, new principal at FMS about the square foot garden project.

5 “Before” Photos of FMS Garden

6 Ryan Wattonville planned the FMS Square Foot Garden Project 8/19/10 spoke to his scout master, Chris Eicher 8/09/10 spoke to his committee chairperson, Mike Clark 8/28/10 wrote letter to Home Depot for a discount for the square foot garden materials 8/28/10 spoke to Home Depot Manager Duran, about donation for supplies and he priced supplies at the store 8/30/10 bought 4x4 sq.. Ft. garden kits and supplies 8/27/10 spoke to Gina Moore, FMS campus supervisor and Chuck Monaco, Principal at FMS about getting a garden gate key to FMS

7 Planning for Clean up of FMS Garden Area For the work day a list of supplies and equipment were brought to FMS for the clearing the area Organizers, leaders, and volunteers brought garden equipment and square foot garden kits to clean up and clear the area

8 Eagle Scout Work Days Ryan sent out an email to his troop and it was announced at his troop meetings that a work day was planned to cleared the garden area of weeds and trash. Troop members signed up to attend Mrs. Wattonville had a sign up of her students to help with clean up via the Roots and Shoots Club Ryan planned the clean up of area with FMS’ custodian, Jerry

9 First Work Day October 16, 2010 Area was Cleared of Weeds and Trash Boy Scout Troop 484 Freedom Middle Science Class-Roots and Shoots Club

10 Working as a Team the Area was Cleared

11 Breakfast Time

12 Encountered an Obstacle Hornet’s NestClearing Out the Nest

13 Hornet Nest

14 Gathered and Bagged Debris

15 Masks Were Needed for Flying Debris

16 Hauled Trash Off to Dumpster

17 Time for a Break

18 Thirsty Time

19 Finally- An Area Clean of Debris

20 Watered Area to Get Ready for Square Foot Garden Kits

21 Area Ready for Square Foot Garden Kits

22 Lunch Time- Pizza

23 Assemblying Square Foot Garden Kits

24 Roots and Shoots Members Learning How to Work a Drill!

25 Assemble Square Foot Garden Kits

26 Kits are Coming Together

27 Digging Trenches for Kits

28 Rock for Drainage of Kits Layed in Trenches

29 Kits are Coming Together

30 At the Same Time Volunteers Were Also Weeding Rose Garden Area

31 Learning How to Measure

32 Learning How to Use the Pick Axe

33 Ryan-Measuring Between Garden Boxes

34 Square Foot Garden Kits are All in Place

35 1 st Work Day a Success! October 16, 2010 The square foot garden area was cleared of trash and debris and an unexpected hornet’s nest. The ground was readied for the square foot garden kits. The square foot garden kits were assembled and four were put in place. Troop 484 troop members and their parents(several of whom are Chevron Employees) along with FMS Roots and Shoots Club members, their science teacher, and the school’s custodian volunteered for a total of 74.5 hours of service time.

36 Do the Right Thing: Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Part Two Chevron’s Power of Student Energy Grant –City of Bakersfield Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Rosann Wattonville Freedom Middle School Jan. 31 to May 31, 2011

37 2 nd Work Day for Ryan’s Eagle Scout Project – October 23, 2010 Researched soil mix to use in square foot garden boxes We’ll use “Mel’s Mix”. Developed by square foot garden creator, Mel Bartholomew. It has all the nutrients, minerals, and trace elements that plants need, eliminating the need for fertilizer. Mel’s Mix: ▫Simple formula  1/3 blended compost  1/3 peat moss  1/3 coarse vermiculite ▫Mix equal parts of each measure by volume, not by weight

38 Mixing Equal Parts for Mel’s Mix, Which is the Square Foot Garden Soil Mix

39 All Together Now!

40 Now, Shake it Up

41 Measure & Cut Weed Cloth to Lay in Square Foot Gardens

42 Adding Water to Soften the Dirt to Pound Down the Corner Pieces

43 Laying Down Weed Cloth in Boxes

44 Putting Mel’s Mix in Boxes

45 Begin Assembly of Drip Irrigation System

46 Weed Cloth is Now in All of the Boxes

47 Digging Irrigation Trenches

48 FMS Roots & Shoots Members Digging Trenches

49 Boy Scout Troop 484 Digging Trenches

50 Advice From FMS Custodian

51 Laying Out the Grid for the Square Foot Garden

52 The Trench is Coming Along!

53 Irrigation Pipe is Glued and Assembled and Ready to Lay Out in the Garden

54 Irrigation System is Branched to Square Foot Gardens

55 Charlie Moe is Digging the Trench

56 The Irrigation Pipe is in the Trench Now the Trench is Covered with Dirt.

57 While the Square Foot Garden is Being Worked on, the Rose Garden is Being Weeded Too!

58 The Trenches are Almost Covered.

59 Wow, Look at it Now!

60 The Grids are Placed on the Square Foot Gardens, Now Mel says we can call it a Square Foot Garden!

61 All Grids are in Place

62 Drip System is Connected to the Irrigation Water Line

63 Roots and Shoots Members Add Some of the Emitters during Lunch Time

64 The Second Work Day is Successful October 23, 2010 The last two garden kits were assembled. Weed cloth was measured and laid down in each box. The boxes were filled with Mel’s Soil Mix. The grids for the boxes were assembled and placed on each box with velcro. The trenches for the water line were dug one foot deep with a pick axe. The PVC pipe was assembled, glued together, and placed in the trenches. The trenches were covered with soil. Compression fittings were connected to the PVC water line leading to each box. Drip lines were placed in each box and connected to each compression fitting. A hose was connected to the outside water line and turned on to flush the system then the admitters placed in position. The system was tested.

65 Eagle Scout Project is signed off by Principal and Boy Scout Officials for Ryan Wattonville, senior at Liberty High School.

66 Do the Right Thing: Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Part Three Chevron’s Power of Student Energy Grant –City of Bakersfield Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Rosann Wattonville Freedom Middle School Jan. 31 to May 31, 2011

67 Was Awarded Funding from Region 8 STEM Service-Learning Consortium Applied for and was notified Oct. 14, 2010 that my class project, around energy conservation, was selected to receive funding through the Region 8 STEM S-L Consortium Grant.

68 California Regional Service-Learning Network Program As a teacher-member of this new consortium in Region 8 teacher will receive $750 stipend 3-day STEM training in Rancho Cucamonga, Jan. 25, 26, 27, sub. Included 1-day substitute for planning/preparation Resources from the CalServe Team, Facilitator, and Network Support in commitment to using the service-learning methodology

69 California Regional Service-Learning Network Program Teacher Responsibilities ▫Participate in following STEM S-L Consortium activities  Nov. 4,2010-”meet and Greet” videoconference  Jan. 25 to 27, 2011-STEM Teacher training, expenses and sub. Costs covered by Region 8 STEM S-L Consortium grant  March 2011-telephone conference –Q & A progress check, year closing status  April/May-Regional Sharing/celebrating of outcomes

70 GATE Class Planted Their Seeds before Christmas Break

71 During Christmas Break GATE Class Made Observations and Nurtured Their Seedlings.

72 They recorded their observations in their journals.

73 This experiment gave them a good idea for what to plant in their Square Foot Gardens.

74 STEM Service Learning Conference Jan. 25, 26, 27, Rancho Cucamonga

75 “Reducing Our Carbon Footprints— Little Feats, Big Change”

76 California Regional Service-Learning Network Program Assist building the STEM S-L Team for the proposed project. Your team is one of 16 regional STEM S-L Teams to consist of: ▫STEM teacher from grades 6 - 12 integrating the service- learning strategy as a teaching and learning strategy. ▫Students ▫A link to higher education ▫Community partner ▫Business partner and/or mentor for the teacher

77 California Regional Service-Learning Network Program ▫Students ▫A link to higher education ▫Community partner ▫Business partner and/or mentor for the teacher Freedom Middle School 7 th & 8 th grade students Some Troop 484 students are in high school, including my son Ryan Wattonville who is a senior at Liberty High School Boy Scout Troop 484 of Bakersfield Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Club who my students are a members of and I’m the teacher sponsor Some Chevron Employees Michael Figueroa, KernServe Program Manager, Kern Co. Supt. of Schools

78 STEM Service Learning Project FMS Square Foot Garden Project Ryan Wattonville, for his eagle scout project, along with Boy Scout Troop 484 built and installed six square foot gardens along with a drip irrigation system. Freedom Middle School Students and students who are members of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Club worked alongside Troop 484 to build and install the square foot gardens and the drip irrigation system.

79 Saturday Work Days for Troop 484 Eagle Scout Project Saturday, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Boy Scout Troop 484 members and parents worked alongside each other putting in the garden and drip irrigation system Freedom Middle School Roots and Shoots Club members and some of their family members, as well as several FMS staff members also worked alongside the Troop putting in the garden and drip irrigation system.

80 Mrs. Wattonville’s 7 th Grade Class All of Mrs. Wattonville’s students planned, planted and made observations of their plants growing in the square foot gardens. ▫Students were divided in groups of four and each group was assigned one square foot of garden space to plant their seeds or seedlings.

81 Evelyn Volunteered from Her Social Studies Class Evelyn, an 8 th grader from Mr. Saindon’s Social Studies Class worked all day during one of our Saturday Work Days.

82 Saturday Work Days Feb. 12 and Mar. 19, 2011 from 9:00 to 3:30 pm The Rose Garden and Square Foot Garden were cleared of weeds Emitters were added to the drip irrigation system and the square foot gardens were readied for planting.

83 3 rd Saturday Work Day Feb. 12, 2011 The Weeds Grew and Grew

84 Volunteer- 8 th Grader- Evelyn

85 Clearing the Debris

86 Volunteer Gina (waving) FMS Campus Supervisor

87 Volunteers – Principal Chuck and son

88 Working Together We Achieve More

89 Finally Clear of Weeds

90 Spraying for Weeds around the Square Foot Garden Area

91 Now-We’ll Clear the Weeds in the Rose Garden

92 Look at This Giant Weed

93 Volunteer Pedro and Aunt

94 Breakfast Break

95 Hauling Trash Off

96 3 rd Saturday Work Day was Successful Feb. 12 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm It was a productive day of FMS Roots and Shoots Members clearing the weeds in both the square foot garden area and the rose garden area. Pedro and his mom worked the longest, until 4:00 pm helping us clear the area.

97 4 th Saturday Work Day, March 19 th, 2011 Weeded, laid bark chips to control weeds, and added emitters to drip system

98 Bulk Yard dropped off Wood Chips and donated a wheel barrel

99 Roots and Shoots Student Volunteers Chandler, Thun, and Christian

100 Volunteer Principal Monaco and his family

101 Jacob and Thun Load Up Trash

102 Volunteer FMS Staff-Gina and Valerie

103 Volunteer-Kathy, Life Skill Teacher

104 Volunteers- Gina and Brad

105 Together We Accomplish More

106 Finally, Clear and Ready for Bark

107 Scooping the Bark

108 Freedom Middle School Garden

109 Fertilizing the Roses

110 Spreading Bark Around Square Foot Gardens

111 Teamwork is Best for Getting it Done

112 Staff Working Together is Fun

113 Superman Helps

114 “Little Guys” Serving Others Two Scoops Work best.A Rake Works Great Too.

115 A Family Who Serves

116 Ryan Checks How His Eagle Scout Project is Going

117 Students Add the Emitters to the Drip Irrigation System

118 Fruitvale Student, Grant’s Cousin, is Weeding the Roses

119 Kristian Plants His Coleus- Science Fair Project He compared asexual and sexual development when propagating plants. Kristian did this by planting Coleus seeds and a Coleus cutting then compared their growth.

120 Wow! It Looks Great!

121 First Plants to be Planted in Garden

122 NEXT – STUDENTS PLANT THEIR PLANTS IN THE SQUARE FOOT GARDENS Students took a pretest over Standard 2, Ch. 5 and 6 on Genetics and the overall average was a 50%. Then Students studied the Chapter, researched what to plant, how to plant, plotted their area, and planted their seeds or seedlings in their 1” x 1” foot square foot garden. Students took a post test over Standard 2, Ch. 5 and 6 on Genetics and the overall average was an 80%.

123 Buying Plants at Lowes

124 GATE-Period 6

125 Period 6

126 Planting in the Garden

127 Period 1 Planting Their Gardens

128 Period 4 and Period 7

129 Period 7

130 Period 6

131 Period 6 and 8

132 Period 8 and Period 6

133 Period 8

134 Period 8 and Period 4

135 Gardens are Planted

136 Planted Gardens

137 The Rest of the Gardens

138 Rosann The Square Foot Gardens are Planted!

139 Recent Garden Pictures

140 More Recent Pics of Garden

141 Chevron Power of Student Energy Grant I wrote an additional grant for a Chevron Power of Student Energy Grant. This allowed me to buy the bark to put around the square foot gardens, seedlings from Lowes that my students planted, and refreshments for one of the Saturday Work days. To help defer the costs, several students brought in seed packets to plant. I didn’t have enough to buy a composter, a small shed, items needed for communicating and assessing or funds needed to develop a plot plan.

142 Plans for an Ongoing Project I plan to write another grant to buy the items that I wasn’t able to buy. I’m in arrears and am hoping if there is unclaimed grant monies that I might be able to receive some of those funds.

143 My Students Love to Work in the Garden My students ask every day if they can go to the garden. When we do go to the garden we take our rulers, and measure the growth and make observations in our journals when we return to our classroom. We also water our plants with warm water that is left in a bucket in our garden to help nurture our plants along.

144 The Connections Students Make Students’ experiences growing plants helps them in making connections and understanding what they learn about genetics, structure and function in living systems.

145 Thanks Thanks are extended to all of my students, their family members, principal- Chuck Monaco and his family, our campus supervisor Gina and her husband Brad, our teachers, Betsy, Valerie, Kathy, Melissa A. for donating the roses, our custodians, especially Jerry for showing up on Saturdays, and making sure the garden was watered, my son Ryan, for completing his eagle project and building the square foot gardens and putting in the drip irrigation system for the square foot gardens, and finally to my husband Tom for his continuing support, expertise, but mostly for his loving guidance.

146 Special Thanks to my Husband Tom

147 “Shoots” “Shoots are weak, but to reach the light they can break open brick walls.” as quoted from Jane Goodall founder of the International Service Learning Club- Roots and Shoots.

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