Green-Up Day 2012

In 1970, the governor of Vermont, Governor Deane C. Davis, inaugurated the very first Green-Up Day, a statewide effort by the citizens of Vermont to clean up the roads and highways all throughout the state. For this year’s Green-Up Day, our students at LiHigh School responded to a call for assistance from the Poultney Elementary School Parents-Teachers Organization to help “green up” the elementary school’s playground.

Giulia & Tom "greening up" the playground

Logan hauling mulch

The End Result

It was a perfect day for shoveling, hauling, and raking mulch. The clouds protected us from the sun without threatening us with rain, and the wind kept us cool as we spread 50 yards of mulch over the playground. Shelby Phillips, a parent of a PES student and the event’s organizer, brought donuts, lemon cake, and water to fuel us for the morning, while folks from around town dug into the mulch with pitchforks and shovels.

All in all, it was a great day of community service for our LiHigh School students, and we hope the kids at PES love their upgraded playground!

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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