A great big thanks to volunteers from Google who worked hard on a hot day to clear huge amounts of weeds, including Bermuda grass, from 25 planter boxes at Castlemont Elementary School in Campbell. Their volunteer project will allow Living Classroom to use many of these beds for their lessons in the new school year along with other school use.
And the next day, SAP volunteers weed whacked and pulled weeds which were crowding out the native plants at the Science Resource Center Native Habitat Garden used by Hoover School students. Now we will follow up with sheet mulching and planting additional native plants in the fall.
Living Classroom is once again providing fun, enriching and educational activities for 300 students enrolled in the Mountain View Whisman School District's summer school. We are providing four activities for each class in grades 1-6 and special needs classes as well.
Below are photos from the Building a Hugel Mound project for 4th graders. The Hugel Mound is made of branches, leaves, soil and other organic materials which demonstrate water infiltration to reduce storm water runoff, and also decomposition. The process helps to improve soil fertility and soil warming and benefits plants grown on or near the mounds.
Students planted small native plants as the last step in completing their mounds and to celebrate released ladybugs which are wonderful beneficial insects. Two students were delighted to have them land on their hands!