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FTLA Beautifies RPEMS Campus for Green Apple Day of Service

Joan & Zolna in rain gardenFTLA employees joined community volunteers on Saturday, September 27th to beautify Roland Park Elementary/Middle School as part of the Green Apple Day of Service, a nationwide initiative from the USGBC Center for Green Schools, which gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments.

The staff worked with a team of volunteers, including 10 master gardeners, 12 students and 10 parents/community members to improve the school’s gardens. Some of the highlights of our work include: weeding, mulching and planting plants in the Water Works rain garden, created as part of our 2013 Green Apple Day of Service; building a fence and preparing for spring planting in the pre-K salad garden; weeding, mulching and planting for future natural play space in the Habitat Haven garden; and planting 156 perennials and 5 shrubs throughout the grounds.

Hauling MulchFTLA’s efforts were part of the Green Apple Day of Service, now in its third year, which was started to help schools combat the many challenges that compromise children’s health and wellness and cause everything from asthma to headaches and concentration issues. The aim of the global movement is to create school environments that conserve energy and resources, and give children clean, healthy air to breathe so they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. Last year over 2,100 volunteer projects took place as communities worked together in school improvement endeavors around the world.

FTLA president and founder Joan Floura said, “Our children deserve environments that are conducive for learning and growing. It was our pleasure to pitch in and apply our expertise to improve the gardens of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School.”

To see more photos from the service day at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, visit our Facebook page!

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