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Saturday, April 7, 2012


Hmm... I really love the weekend!

Today Sara, Marwa, Amina, Layla, Caleb and I helped clean up the Copper trail head. First we used shovels to pick up dog poop that had been flagged by other volunteers. Dog poop carries diseases to wild animals and changes the nutrient composition of the soil. When we got to the trail there were so many little pink flags it wasn't even possible to count them. When we were done, all the pink flags were gone and we had removed between 150-200 pounds of dog poop!! After we finished the poop project, we hiked into the foot hills, picked up broken glass, a soda can, a plastic shopping bag, and lots of candy wrappers! Caleb found a used car filter that he entered in the "most interesting" trash competition. At about noon, we ate our lunches and fruit and snacks provided by the open space volunteers and waited to see who won the "most interesting" trash competition and check our raffle tickets. None of us won anything, except an awesome morning and a feeling of accomplishment. The leader of the open space volunteers was really appreciative to have young people volunteering and he made a pretty inspirational speech. When you help clean an ope space or do trail maintenance, like we did today, you feel a sense of pride and connection to the land. I sure did! I am so proud of those of you who took time out of your weekend to volunteer and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

The last picture is of the interesting trash pile. Caleb's oil filter is the orange canister. The winner of the competition won a full day pass with rentals to the climbing gym!

Weekend Homework
7th grade, your workbook pages are 89-94. Don't forget to do everything except the foldables.

6th grade, STUDY!! You have a test on chapter 7 on Monday. Go over your old assignments, reread the chapter, do the online quizzes on, look at your paper miniquizzes, study the vocabulary words, practice Ohm's law.

8th grade, your homework is to hand in an outline of your research paper. Here are two resources to help you with the outline. 

***Next weekend there is another trail clean up on Saturday from 9-1. If you would like to go, let me know! Same deal with the free homework or extra quest points***