Every year seniors in the graduating class leave fourth quarter for S.C.O.R.E. projects. Senior Jackson Haskell decided he wanted to maintain the school garden. Every few days each week Haskell goes outside to maintain and check on the garden. Haskell is attending Gordon College in the Fall of 2015.
Students in the Manchester Essex Green Team have created a simple yet effective environmentally friendly garden, out of the normal growing season. Their goal is to provide and create organic food for students. The definition of hydroponics is a subset of hydro culture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.
On Friday the 25th of October, school nutrition director Shelia Parisien and Green Team leader Eric Magers joined forces to bring healthy options to school lunches. Throughout the three lunches, students had many choices of new and locally grown food to eat for lunch.
On Monday June 9th, Green Team Interns and Scholars held a Green Team Showcase. At the event Interns and Scholars presented their projects and their successes throughout the year. The showcase was a way for the Green Team to show the community what goes on inside the program.
Every day the Green Team students do multiple different assignments and tasks to help improve the schools environment. Some of their tasks can range from cleaning, putting up signs, to planning out raffle sales for raising money.
Recently, the Green Team started a new project that involves composting. They ordered compost which is now mulch. This mulch will be put on the high school campus and the edible garden. Using compost in a garden enhances the growth of the plants.
On Monday April 14th, Green Team students and town members congregated in front of the Manchester Essex Regional High School to launch the start of curbside composting. People gave speeches about their involvement in the project and their appreciation for the collaboration to make the project a success.
On April 3rd the Green Team participated in a dumpster dive; the students came to school early in the morning in order to sort trash. The goal of this activity was to show the other students how much garbage could actually be recycle or composted.
Every day the Green Team interns work through out the building helping not only the schools environment, but also the environment in general. Their jobs can consist of working in the back room of the library sorting chip bags, mixing compost water for watering plants, and supervising the lunch recycling system in the dining hall.