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DDOE and the DC Environmental Education Consortium Host DC School Garden Week

Friday, September 28, 2007

The DC Environmental Education Consortium, in partnership with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) will host the District's first School Garden Week. School Garden Week will celebrate school gardens and conservation sites, and highlight the way in which they can be used to teach students core academic subjects. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty proclaimed October 15-20, 2007 as DC Schoolyard Greening Week and encourages residents to support students and teachers in their gardening efforts.

The DC School Garden Week kick-off event will be held on Monday, October 15 at LaSalle Elementary School in Northeast, DC. Mayor Fenty has been invited to plant a wetland marsh with DDOE's Director, George S. Hawkins, and David Hilmy's students at LaSalle Elementary School. Wetland sites use native plants to reduce pollution to the District's waterways and provide habitat for aquatic plants and animals.

DC School Garden Week will be filled with fun activities that teach students, educators and the community how to beautify gardens and make them environmentally friendly. Five days of special events are planned throughout the District to showcase schoolyard gardening at its best. DDOE is eager to participate in this event which is beneficial to students, District schools and our community.

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DC School Garden Week: October 15th - October 20th

DC School Garden Week Kick-Off
Monday, October 15, 10 am
LaSalle Elementary School, 501 Riggs Rd, NE  

Panel Discussion: How Can I Start a School Garden?
Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm
John Burroughs ES, 1820 Monroe St, NE

A Walk Among Trees
Thursday, October 18, 4:30-6 pm
Murch Elementary School, 4810 36th St, NW 

Garden Volunteer Day
Friday, October 19, Anacostia HS, Cardozo HS
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Schoolyard Garden Tours
Saturday, October 20
Bus Tour: Meet at Watkins Elementary School, 420 12th St, SE, 9 am
Bike Tour: Meeting place TBD, 10 am

DC School Garden Week Event Descriptions