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Thursday, May 14, 2015

HKC - April updates

Well, a lot has happened the last month.  Here's a brief overview of what we accomplished in the month of April:

Monday, April 13th:  In the afternoon, we welcomed Katie Pofahl from Elkhorn Slough foundation who held class presentation for all 4th-6th graders.  Katie also donated 200 native plants to our school, which our students will be planting in May.

The HKC was invited to give a 10 minute presentation at the SCESD board meeting.  Dr. Eric Brennan, Lelyn Furey and Maria Giannini presented together on the school garden, Just Run and the NOAA grant.  Every board & cabinet member received a bundle of kale from Lincoln's garden.

Thursday, April 16th:  The HKC was selected as the beneficiary of McShane's annual Earth Day Mixer.  Several students and parents attended the evening event where some of Maestra Leyva's 4th grade students read  Spanish essays they had written about the school garden and Just Run.  Some of the students were featured on the Spanish news, Univision.  In addition, HKC received $1,900 in donations and proceeds from the silent auction!  The monies received will be spent on the school garden. 

Friday, April 17th:  In partnership with the Grower-Shipper Association and L + G law firm, we hosted a lunch for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.  It was a huge honor to bring Monterey County Ag leaders together with our State and local educators to recognize the importance of school gardens and salad bars.  Several Lincoln students were on hand to harvest kale, weigh it and prepare it in a yummy kale salad made for the attendees.  We owe a huge thank you to Ginger Aguilar for coordinating all the food and beverage, Lisa Clark for donating all the party rentals, Stacey Wilson and Tracy Russell for making all the beautiful flower arrangements and Raul Suarez for the gorgeous chalk drawing!!!  Some students made were featured on KSBW and in the Californian.

Wednesday, April 22nd:  We held our second annual Earth Day event.  This year we had over 20 parent volunteers that helped man and educate all Lincoln students regarding the 5 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Refuse.  The event was a huge success thanks to all the wonderful parent volunteers and teacher participation.  Students even made commitments to helping our planet on pieces of fabric that they tied onto the chain link fence on the playground near Maple Street.  Thank you to everyone who helped!. 

Friday, April 24th:  We hosted a family movie night with free snacks and drinks.  Families that brought old t-shirts were given a tutorial on how to make a reusable bag.  We showed the documentary "Bag It", which described the importance of reducing our use of single use plastic bags and bottles.  We also distributed bibs and t-shirts for the Just Run 3K.

Saturday, April 25th:  136 runners from Lincoln participated in the 3K Fun Run in Pacific Grove.  Lincoln was awarded $400 for 5th place in the "Large School" category.  We are looking forward to increasing our participants next year and hopefully earning more money for our school!

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