Celebrate Spring at Oakhill!
As the weather starts to get a little warmer and the grass starts to get a little greener, we look around the campus and realize that it's time for Acorn Day, a day to celebrate the natural spaces that enhance our facilities. Because of the nature of what Acorn Day represents for Oakhill, we've chosen to hold the Acorn Day Celebration each year on Earth Day as an ending to our day of celebrating the earth, our neighborhood, and its inhabitants.
This year, with the help of Mr. Cole, our 2019 Acorn Day Celebration project was born. Not only out of necessity, but our science department had a desire to take an already existing program at the school to the next level. Composting at Oakhill began during the 2008-2009 school year with a couple of small compost tumblers into which the science teachers would deposit the days' lunch waste. After quickly outgrowing what we had, we built our current composting stations using pallets, which served us well, but after many years of growth, weather, and compost, it's time for a refresh.
New Green Recycling Zones that are not only safe for the students to use but will help the efficiency of our school's composting is this year's Acorn Day Celebration project. As part of the initiative, we will clean up our existing composting areas, and add additional features to enhance our classroom gardening program, like a new rain barrel and storage sheds for gardening equipment. With not a lot of funds, we can get a lot of things done!
Green Recycling Zone Project
Oakhill currently has 3.5 cubic yards capacity for composting in bins. We want to upgrade our compost bin systems to 10 cubic yards. Importantly, this upgrade will also create attractive, kid-safe compost bins that allow students to participate regularly in the composting experience.
Although we have two places for compost now, one space does not have any bins and results in a low-efficiency pile that is very difficult to mix or move. The other composting station has two compost bins, but they are over a decade old, made from pallets and fill up quickly without any overflow space.
The bin systems we will build are based on the 3-bin models recommended by the NYC Compost Project, University of Missouri Extension, and other compost leaders. We will construct two three-bin systems and two two-bin systems. Each of our two spaces will then have a three-bin system and a two-bin system.
- Hardware cloth and hardware
- Outdoor storage sheds
- Tools (garden edges for chopping food scraps, tamper, kid-sized garden forks)
- Additional rain barrel
Thanks to Mrs. Newhouse, there are already a few funds set aside from a grant awarded early this school year from the Missouri Department of Conservation that will help us purchase some additional items needed for an outdoor classroom project.
How can you help?
There are two essential components of this year's project.
1) We need to raise funds to purchase all of the materials necessary to complete the project. All donor names will go on plaques that will hang in the new composting spaces.
2) We need volunteers to help construct the bins. *If you work for a company that reimburses employee volunteer hours, let's chat!
2019 Acorn Day Celebration Ceremony
This year's celebration is on Friday, April 19 at 2:45 p.m. at the Main Campus Building. Our Oakhill Eighth Grade and Kindergarten students, both preparing for the next phase of their educational journey, will leave their mark on the school by helping dedicate the new space. For those who cannot attend the celebration in person, we will live stream the event on our school Facebook page. This event is a cherished Oakhill tradition, and we invite all current and previous Oakhill families to attend and help us celebrate.
When we reach our goal, our entire community can say that they had their hands in the project that helped make Oakhill a little greener. For inclusion in the Acorn Day Celebration Event program, all donations must be received by April 15. However, we welcome any contributions that come after the celebration is over.