Earth Day Cleanup

Blog by Gina...
We just got back from a day at the A.T. Smith House where the Adult Education and Early Childhood Education students, staff, volunteers and Friends of Historic Forest Grove celebrated Earth Day with a site cleanup. Annie and Bridget held class with the students to explain what Earth Day is and how it fits into our program and the greater community. One of Adelante’s values is Respect the Mother Earth. We met on the historic property and had a delicious potluck lunch, which provided us with lots of energy for the task at hand. We were to clean up the property, overgrown with blackberries, an invasive species here, and hiding large chunks of brick, cement and asphalt. Not as easy task but these women know how to work. As the young ones criss-crossed the property, picking up garbage (perhaps more dandelions than anything), the students and staff cut, chopped, raked, wheel-barreled and lugged debris to a large dumpster. The event was a SOLV event and part of a statewide cleanup/Earth Day celebration. We worked in the sun (no complaints here) for a few hours. The kids eventually took naps in the lawn around the house and we took water and wellness breaks. The site looks great although there is still a lot of work to be done. Despite our sunscreen and hats we all left with sun-kissed cheeks and lots of lovely scratches up and down our arms. A little reminder of our commitment to our Mother Earth.

What will you do for Earth Day? Do you celebrate everyday? What do you value?