Senior Manages School Garden for Score Project

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.

The school garden  across from the turf field grows the vegetables for school lunches. Senior Jackson Haskell maintained the garden for his senior Score Project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The school garden across from the turf field grows the vegetables for school lunches. Senior Jackson Haskell maintained the garden for his senior Score Project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The garden grows a variety of different vegetables in boxes between the gym floor area and by the turf field. Cabbage, lettuce, and other organic food are grown. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The garden grows a variety of different vegetables in boxes between the gym floor area and by the turf field. Cabbage, lettuce, and other organic food are grown. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In one of the garden boxes a hose is attached to a watering pipe. The pipe is put at the bottom of the soil to keep the plants watered without having to go outside and water them by hand every day. Head Custodian Steve Hunt built this device.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In one of the garden boxes a hose is attached to a watering pipe. The pipe is put at the bottom of the soil to keep the plants watered without having to go outside and water them by hand every day. Head Custodian Steve Hunt built this device. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Around week two of his project, plants sprouted with more color. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Around week two of his project, plants sprouted with more color. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After just a few weeks, the vegetables in the garden have sprouted to full size and were finally able to be eaten. Haskell worked hard on preparing the garden and watching over it carefully throughout the few weeks of his SCORE project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After just a few weeks, the vegetables in the garden have sprouted to full size and were finally able to be eaten. Haskell worked hard on preparing the garden and watching over it carefully throughout the few weeks of his SCORE project.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Green Team Builds Hydroponic and AquaPonics Project

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.

The Green Teams students Belle Allmendinger, Justin Eichenburger, and Louis Masella created a healthy way to grow food. The aquaponics system combines aquaculture which is the farming of fish and hydroponics which is the raising of plants without soil. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Green Teams students Belle Allmendinger, Justin Eichenburger, and Louis Masella created a healthy way to grow food. The aquaponics system combines aquaculture which is the farming of fish and hydroponics which is the raising of plants without soil. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In some of the Aquaponic structures there are gold fish. Nutrients for the plants come from fish waste.  The plants act as a bio filter, and they clean the water making it a healthy living space for the fish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In some of the Aquaponic structures there are gold fish. Nutrients for the plants come from fish waste. The plants act as a bio filter, and they clean the water making it a healthy living space for the fish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
There are six aquaponic structures built on the third floor by the Green Team room. The students plan to build 10 of them with the help of their diagrams, blueprints and extensive research. Students have a budget which they must follow even though they plan to get the most out of each aquaponic. The total cost for 10 units is $1960. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
There are six aquaponic structures built on the third floor by the Green Team room. The students plan to build 10 of them with the help of their diagrams, blueprints and extensive research. Students have a budget which they must follow even though they plan to get the most out of each aquaponic. The total cost for 10 units is $1960. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
They types of plants that will grow in the aquaponics are selected by limitation of nutrients.  They plan on growing a small amount of Lettuce, basil, mint, chives and arugula due to it being their first time using and working with aquaponics. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
They types of plants that will grow in the aquaponics are selected by limitation of nutrients. They plan on growing a small amount of Lettuce, basil, mint, chives and arugula due to it being their first time using and working with aquaponics. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hydroponic towers provide an environmentally friendly option of growing food, in the winter time. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and they are methods of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, with soil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hydroponic towers provide an environmentally friendly option of growing food, in the winter time. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and they are methods of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, with soil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students plan on constructing 30 towers, so far they have 10. The jug holds the pump and the tower, and water is then cycled through the tower moving from the pump, up the tubes and to the top. The water then drips down to have a constant flow of water hitting the Rockwool seeds. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students plan on constructing 30 towers, so far they have 10. The jug holds the pump and the tower, and water is then cycled through the tower moving from the pump, up the tubes and to the top. The water then drips down to have a constant flow of water hitting the Rockwool seeds. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Goldfish were the best option for the auqaponics because they are the easiest to take care of and can withstand the changing of conditions. Goldfish can survive in 40-80 degrees. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Goldfish were the best option for the auqaponics because they are the easiest to take care of and can withstand the changing of conditions. Goldfish can survive in 40-80 degrees. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Cafeteria Hosts Local Food Day

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.

One of the options for lunch was baked Gloucester caught sole along with locally grown butternut squash and a few items from the school garden. The school garden, located below the balcony, grows vegetables from peppers to tomatoes which are used in the everyday school lunches. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of the options for lunch was baked Gloucester caught sole along with locally grown butternut squash and a few items from the school garden. The school garden, located below the balcony, grows vegetables from peppers to tomatoes which are used in the everyday school lunches. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The other choice for the healthy food day lunch was chowder, from fish, caught in Gloucester and a lettuce wrap with cranberry mayo. Both of the dishes included a fresh apple picked from Brooksby Farm in Peabody to add a fruit to the heavily concentrated vegetable meal. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The other choice for the healthy food day lunch was chowder, from fish, caught in Gloucester and a lettuce wrap with cranberry mayo. Both of the dishes included a fresh apple picked from Brooksby Farm in Peabody to add a fruit to the heavily concentrated vegetable meal. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
School grown kale, cauliflower, and many other vegetables are picked by the cafeteria workers as well as some Green Team members when they are needed for ingredients in the upcoming lunch. The school cafeteria staff prides themselves on making healthy and tasty lunches every day for both middle and high school students alike. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
School grown kale, cauliflower, and many other vegetables are picked by the cafeteria workers as well as some Green Team members when they are needed for ingredients in the upcoming lunch. The school cafeteria staff prides themselves on making healthy and tasty lunches every day for both middle and high school students alike. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Like every day lunches at school, the dining hall provides an assortment of green vegetables from the garden. Green chili peppers are rich in vitamins C and B-6 as well as potassium and the iron that a body needs. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Like every day lunches at school, the dining hall provides an assortment of green vegetables from the garden. Green chili peppers are rich in vitamins C and B-6 as well as potassium and the iron that a body needs. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Kale was cooked with craisins, feta, sunflower seeds and chipotle peppers to give it some extra taste. One cup of raw kale provides more than one hundred percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamins A and K. Kale also comes in many different colors such as white and purple, along with green. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Kale was cooked with craisins, feta, sunflower seeds and chipotle peppers to give it some extra taste. One cup of raw kale provides more than one hundred percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamins A and K. Kale also comes in many different colors such as white and purple, along with green. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Jack Garvey buys his colorful lunch instead of bringing from home. Students were encouraged to buy lunch on Friday to try the healthy eating and open widen their horizons to new foods. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jack Garvey buys his colorful lunch instead of bringing from home. Students were encouraged to buy lunch on Friday to try the healthy eating and open widen their horizons to new foods. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team presents projects at showcase

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.

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Juniors Sam Koufman and Chris Noriega began the presentation by speaking about different conferences that they attended. Koufman is the Green Team Co-president and Noriega is the Green Team Executive assistant. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Campbell Faker and TC Fougere explain what it is like to be an intern for the Green Team program. The Green Team interns complete small tasks throughout the year, unlike Green Team Scholars who work on one large project for the entire year. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Community Partner Liz Duff from Mass Audubon talks about her experiences with the Green Team. Duff worked with a Scholar to help eliminate the invasive species of Pepperweed on the north shore. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Freshman David LaForge presents about his work as a Green Team Intern. LaForge replaced the book donation box in the front of the school from a large company to a small local book shop in Manchester. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Jackie Otterbien takes a snack during the showcase. All snacks that were provided by the Green Team were organic. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Abbey Martin, Tasha Statz-Geary, and Katie Glidden speak about their project titled “Young Women in Climate.” The Young Women in Climate were awarded with the Green Difference award. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Hannah Thorne presents her Eco Tour project. The Eco tour is a self-guided tour that one can take around the school in order to see the different environmentally friendly aspects of the building. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Lauren Coogan explains to the audience what she does as the Green Team Events Coordinator. As the Events Coordinator Coogan plans all Green Team events and sustainability days in order to make the class more interesting and fun. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Meghan Conway presents her project Seaside Sustainability. Seaside Sustainability is a project that focuses on sea level rise in the Cape Ann area. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Juniors Justin Eichenberger and Cameron Holley speak about their hydroponics project. Hydroponics is a project that involves no soil in order to grow a garden. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Green Team members listen to Magers speak about the program. Magers is the original founder of the Green Team. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Green Team members sit on the stage at the ends of the presentations. A question and answer session was held so that the audience could learn more about the program. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Green Team Builds Outdoor Classroom

Green Team members created an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is made for teachers who can sign up to teach a class outside. It opened on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

Green Team members created an outdoor classroom. Students in the Green Team worked on the outdoor classroom on the weekends. Non-members of the Green Team came and helped out with the outdoor classroom to get community service hours. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Green Team members created an outdoor classroom. Students in the Green Team worked on the outdoor classroom on the weekends. Non-members of the Green Team came and helped out with the outdoor classroom to get community service hours. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo and sophomore Ben Shlegel clean up the outdoor classroom to make it look nice. The outdoor classroom is for teachers at the high school who can sign up for a day to have class outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo and sophomore Ben Shlegel clean up the outdoor classroom to make it look nice. The outdoor classroom is for teachers at the high school who can sign up for a day to have class outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students have made a lot of progress in the building of the outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is located outside the high school wing next the student parking lot. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students have made a lot of progress in the building of the outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is located outside the high school wing next the student parking lot. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Members of the Green Team dug up it and put the dirt into a pile to reuse. When teachers sign up to use the outdoor classroom, 30 chairs will be provided under the stairwell. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Members of the Green Team dug up it and put the dirt into a pile to reuse. When teachers sign up to use the outdoor classroom, 30 chairs will be provided under the stairwell. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the stone ground was built, there was left over stone which members of the Green Team decided to use a pathway going down the right side of the classroom. The rules of the classroom are: don’t disturb class, clean dirt off chair legs, stack chairs neatly and keep classroom clean. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the stone ground was built, there was left over stone which members of the Green Team decided to use a pathway going down the right side of the classroom. The rules of the classroom are: don’t disturb class, clean dirt off chair legs, stack chairs neatly and keep classroom clean. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Economo and Shlegel work on the outdoor classroom during their Green Team class. They work together by keeping weeds coming up through the stone of the classroom. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Economo and Shlegel work on the outdoor classroom during their Green Team class. They work together by keeping weeds coming up through the stone of the classroom. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Over the weekend, Eric Magers put the finishing touches on the outdoor classroom by adding a brand new whiteboard. Teachers are given access to this tool while teaching their students outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Over the weekend, Eric Magers put the finishing touches on the outdoor classroom by adding a brand new whiteboard. Teachers are given access to this tool while teaching their students outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The grass will soon be grown fully and there will be chairs placed around the stone ground. The classroom will soon be available for teachers to begin bringing their students outside to learn.  Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The grass will soon be grown fully and there will be chairs placed around the stone ground. The classroom will soon be available for teachers to begin bringing their students outside to learn. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team helps the environment with everyday activities

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.

Freshman Eden Silag-Stearns begins her day by going onto cataloguechoice.com. This website is used for removing the schools subscription to magazines. By deleting it, this gets rid of unwanted magazines coming to the school. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Eden Silag-Stearns begins her day by going onto cataloguechoice.com. This website is used for removing the schools subscription to magazines. By deleting it, this gets rid of unwanted magazines coming to the school. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo demonstrates how he puts together the trash-on-your-back backpack. The backpack is made up of a large used bag and duct tape. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo demonstrates how he puts together the trash-on-your-back backpack. The backpack is made up of a large used bag and duct tape. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo put on the trash-on-your-back bag. The goal of this is to collect all the trash that you have gone through for five days and put it in the bag. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo put on the trash-on-your-back bag. The goal of this is to collect all the trash that you have gone through for five days and put it in the bag. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The next thing that Economo does in Green Team is clean up. Some of his daily tasks are folding towels, sweeping and organizing things lying around.  Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The next thing that Economo does in Green Team is clean up. Some of his daily tasks are folding towels, sweeping and organizing things lying around.
Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Back in the Green Team room, teacher Eric Magers gives sophomore Ben Schlegel an assignment to stick on the squares onto the little boards. Schlegel then went around the building putting them up in the halls. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Back in the Green Team room, teacher Eric Magers gives sophomore Ben Schlegel an assignment to stick on the squares onto the little boards. Schlegel then went around the building putting them up in the halls. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Once a month, Magers has his students fill out the MBC. The MBC stands for the monthly behavior check. Students write down one or two things that they want to do that will help the environment or to be greener for that month. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Once a month, Magers has his students fill out the MBC. The MBC stands for the monthly behavior check. Students write down one or two things that they want to do that will help the environment or to be greener for that month. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students work on Compost Project

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.

Manchester-Essex’s Green Team is in the middle of processing the Curbside Composting. The Green Team is selling compost to people and the compost is from Black Earth Compost Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester-Essex’s Green Team is in the middle of processing the Curbside Composting. The Green Team is selling compost to people and the compost is from Black Earth Compost Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Eden Silag-Stearns works on the compost project by planning a raffle sale. The goal is to sell the tickets and make money off of them to buy compost and other green tools to improve the schools environment. Whoever won the raffle got half the money made. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Eden Silag-Stearns works on the compost project by planning a raffle sale. The goal is to sell the tickets and make money off of them to buy compost and other green tools to improve the schools environment. Whoever won the raffle got half the money made. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Several of the compost bags are piled up behind the school for members of the green team to sell.  The green team sells the compost to anyone who wants to buy it. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Several of the compost bags are piled up behind the school for members of the green team to sell. The green team sells the compost to anyone who wants to buy it. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo holds up a bag of Black Earth Compost. The Green Team and local company, Black Earth Compost are working together to help out not only the community but the environment in general. The compost will be put into the edible garden. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo holds up a bag of Black Earth Compost. The Green Team and local company, Black Earth Compost are working together to help out not only the community but the environment in general. The compost will be put into the edible garden. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dark green bins are placed behind the school on the loading dock. These are used for sorting the trash and compost disposed during lunch time. The compost in the bins eventually turn into dirt and is used to put into the school garden to nourish the plants growth. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dark green bins are placed behind the school on the loading dock. These are used for sorting the trash and compost disposed during lunch time. The compost in the bins eventually turn into dirt and is used to put into the school garden to nourish the plants growth. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Freshmen Eden Silag-Stearns gathers information about compost. Silag Stearns learns about composting and which compost is better to use. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Eden Silag-Stearns gathers information about compost. Silag Stearns learns about composting and which compost is better to use. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Curbside composting begins in Manchester

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.

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Green Team students stand in a line behind town representatives during the speeches that were given about curbside composting. Town resident Tory Morton, initially proposed the idea of town compost last June. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Barry Pett from Senator Bruce Tarr’s office gives a speech about the curbside composting process. The compost is picked up on regular trash days along with trash and recycling. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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DPW Commissioner David W. Cash introduced each speaker and talked about how the starting of the curbside composting was a community effort. Weeks before the first date of curbside composting pick up, bins were distributed to each household in Manchester. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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DPW workers listen to speeches about the curbside composting program. Manchester Essex Regional High School is one of the greenest schools in the state and attempts to spread their initiatives to the town as well. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Member of the Manchester Board of Selection, Tom Kehoe, gives his appreciation for the efforts people have taken to make the curbside composting project a success. The composting containers were delivered to each household by Boy Scout troop 3, and headed by Chris Dumont for his Eagle Scout project. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Freshmen David LaForge and Nick Curcuru hold the curbside composting banner. The compost can include food scraps and organic waste. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The Hiltz Disposal truck was parked in front of the school while the town members were talking about curbside composting. The goal of curbside composting program is to reduce the amount of trash the town of Manchester produces as a whole. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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On April 14th the composting buckets were placed outside along the sidewalk with trash and recycling bins. The curbside composting program was designed to be easy for all residents of Manchester to participate. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Sam Koufman speaks about the Green Team’s appreciation for curbside composting. The Green Team was awarded by the Federal Department of Education with the Green Ribbon Award in 2013. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Town members and Green Team students smile for a picture to document the start of curbside composting. Green Team Director Eric Magers and Koufman were on the curbside composting committee. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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The sanitation worker picks up the recycling, trash, and the first bucket of compost. This new system will help the town of Manchester to become more environmentally sustainable. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team Dives in Dumpster

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Senior Maddie Pomeroy carries a trash bag to the tarp. The Green Team students met at 6:15 in the morning to start sorting the trash. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Kristen Kaneb places food into the compost pile. The tarp contained different piles for students to place the sorted trash, such as recycling, compost, terracycle, and trash. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Lauren Coogan and Ruby Aldrich work together to make signs to place around the sorted trash. The signs directed students and teachers to walk past the dumpster dive piles so that they could see the different items that weren’t actually trash. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Justin Eichenberger holds up a sign to advertise the dumpster dive. After sorting the pile students found that more than 50% of the waste was compost, recycling, or terracycle. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Senior Mike Davis adds food to the compost pile. The Green Team students had more than twenty trash bags to sort through. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Green Team students worked together to sort the trash. The students had permission to miss their first block class in order to help clean up the dumpster dive. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Coogan, junior Jackie Otterbien, and Aldrich sort paper into one sided and double sided piles. The one sided paper was placed back into the school and used in the library printers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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.

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Eichenberger picks up pieces of waste and sorts them into the different piles. Days before the dumpster dive Green Team teacher Eric Magers attended a National Green Schools Conference in California. Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Aldrich, Coogan, and junior Meghan Conway hold signs to direct students to walk past the sorted waste before entering in the school. Having students walk past the waste helped them to see the amount of trash that could have been compost or recycling. Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team students continue to sort through the trash bags. The students were given community service hours by Magers for their contribution in the dumpster dive. Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team Behind the Scenes

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.

 

Sophomore Ben Shlegel sorts chip bags based on specific brands whose bags have different kinds of plastics.  This is a critical step that has to be done before throwing away the chip bags. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Ben Shlegel sorts chip bags based on specific brands whose bags have different kinds of plastics. This is a critical step that has to be done before throwing away the chip bags. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A blue bin has all the unsorted chip bags that are thrown away at lunch. Some are used for terracycling, while some are put in the dumpsters. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A blue bin has all the unsorted chip bags that are thrown away at lunch. Some are used for terracycling, while some are put in the dumpsters. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The blue bin consists of chip bags that have yet to be sorted. The light green bins are the bins with the sorted chip bags. One bin is for markers and writing utensils, the second is for chip bags that have a slick plastic covers and the third one is for chip bags with a matte cover. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The blue bin consists of chip bags that have yet to be sorted. The light green bins are the bins with the sorted chip bags. One bin is for markers and writing utensils, the second is for chip bags that have a slick plastic covers and the third one is for chip bags with a matte cover. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shlegel does his next task by mixing compost water. Compost water is food that turned into dirt over time and water. This water is used to water the plants throughout the building. These large containers have to be filled and mixed about 2-3 times a week. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shlegel does his next task by mixing compost water. Compost water is food that turned into dirt over time and water. This water is used to water the plants throughout the building. These large containers have to be filled and mixed about 2-3 times a week. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The compost water is mixed together. By the end of the week the water eventually evaporates and is filled again to the top. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The compost water is mixed together. By the end of the week the water eventually evaporates and is filled again to the top. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Junior Teddy Economo and senior Ellie Zwart water one of the plants by the guidance office on the second floor with the compost water. Zwart and Economo are both interns of the Green Team. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo and senior Ellie Zwart water one of the plants by the guidance office on the second floor with the compost water. Zwart and Economo are both interns of the Green Team. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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