As the temperatures and leaves begin to fall, members of the Monroe-Woodbury High School Outdoors Club came together to tackle a “clean up” of the school campus and the closing of the school garden for the season. This is the third organized clean up that the club has conducted, as they are dedicated to the protection and beautification of the school and surrounding area.
“We have pride in our school and like to do our part, ” proclaimed a member. More than 25 students picked up refuse, pulled out dead plants and turned over the garden soil. The litter pokers were provided by the Technology Department of the high school. Likewise, the Family and Consumer Sciences food classes used the harvested peppers from the garden in the annual Chili Cook-Off.
The club has also hiked in Harriman State Park, organized a pep rally fundraiser, and will soon be delivering holiday baked goods to local food pantries. Anticipated future activities include a winter visit to a snow tube park and another local hike come the spring.
Earlier in the school year the club was awarded a grant from the NYSUT Retiree Council #14 for garden materials and equipment. The club gladly accepts donations of seeds, garden gloves, small hand tools, etc.