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April 29, 2014
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Indian Peaks students reap Earth Day lessons

Indian Peaks Charter School celebrated Earth Day with the help of the community, as well as to help the community. The students started the day off on Friday, April 25, by collecting over 600 pounds of trash and recyclables around Granby.

Two hours later, they were ready to start fun and educational rotations with a focus on using only re-purposed materials. Building worm farms, experimental gardens, planters and cold boxes were “hard work, but tons of fun,” one student wrote.

Indian Peaks Charter School has teamed up with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the Building Healthy Schools Initiative to implement a new Wellness Program that is rooted in creating a healthy environment and lifestyle for students, faculty, and the community. One of the main objectives is simply to eat more vegetables. The students in the 3rd-6th grade science classes have been busy experimenting with the starting and growing of seeds, researching greenhouses and fertilizers, and regional plants. Basil, peas, beans, carrots, beets, spinach, parsley, snap peas, lettuce and squash seedlings are lining the classroom windows. They will soon be planted in the new cold boxes — designed by the young gardeners — located in front of the school.

Tom Harris, the new Infinite West President, supervised the students in the building of cold boxes and log planters. Guy Larson, who had earlier taught classes on solar energy, loaned his mobile solar-powered battery trailer to run power tools. Trish Cyman, permaculturist extraordinaire, demonstrated utilizing coffee grounds, (donated by Starbucks), cardboard and layered gardens, as well as educated the team in the unique properties our plants have in nature. President of Grand Roots Project Jessica Foley explained the effects of GMO’s and offered key suggestions for the Wellness Plan and brochure design. Granby Sanitation showed how they are leading the way in turning human waste into safe and extremely effective fertilizer, which is available to Granby locals for free, up to 5 yards. And other materials and time were kindly donated by Alpine Lumber, Ranch Creek, Middle Park Glass, Mountain Park Concrete, Kevin Foley, Kim and Andy Hanna, Maureen Wenger, Infinite West, Cody Wyatt for the Resource Center, Amber and Steven Boatsman, Mike Meindl, Gail Rorabaugh, Noah Zielke, and Kris and Peggy from Coldsprings Nursery. Please support these people and organizations, as they are so generous in helping make a difference in our children’s lives.

During reflection time, one group wrote, “Thanks to all our friends and community members who helped us make Earth Day so successful. Using only recycled goods, we made worm farms to put in gardens and really cool protective gardening boxes for our plants. Thank you. Even though we worked so hard, we really had fun on Earth Day.”

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