The Committee on Architecture for Education sponsored a project at Jason Lee K-8 School for the first annual International Green Apple Day of Service, a day which was set up for people to come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking action in their communities.
The CAE contacted Jason Lee K-8 School in east Portland where parents and teachers had an idea to create a learning garden in the school’s courtyard. With the help of Portland Public Schools, the CAE and the school quickly put together plans for approval, raised money, and found volunteers to help build the garden.
With nearly 70 volunteers, the group was able to create gravel paths with metal edging, 15 large juniper wood planters filled with soil, a planting table, and bark mulch infill. Students couldn’t contain their surprise on Monday morning to see how their school’s courtyard had been transformed. The garden boxes will give students an opportunity learn through hands on activities.
Numerous companies and organizations stepped up to make the project a success, including R&H Construction, DOWA-IBI Group, Opsis Architecture, Green Building Services, BRC Acoustics, LRS Architects, DLR Group, Hennebery Eddy Architecture, AIA Committee on the Environment, and the Cascadia Chapter of the USGBC.
Thanks to everyone who took part!