Sustainable New Jersey
The Milltown Public Schools have joined a certification program called Sustainable New Jersey. In this program the Parkview and Joyce Kilmer School work to become more environmentally friendly. This program includes, but is not limited to: reducing waist, creating healthier habits and school environment, and educating our future leaders in the matters of sustainability.
Our goals for the 2018-2019 school year were to promote the use of the garden to grow our own food for the cafeteria, recycling, composting, and energy efficiency. After researching these sustainable topics the Parkview and Joyce Kilmer Green Clubs created posters and signs on how to accomplish those goals. In attention to the garden project, both Parkview and Joyce Kilmer’s Green Clubs worked weekly from March to June in the gardens and grew fruits and vegetables for the school cafeteria for the 2019-2020 school year.
During the 2018-2019 school year, 8th grader Julian Counterman advocated the adoption of the use of paper products in the cafeteria in lieu of styrofoam. The motion was passed by the Milltown Board of Education and will be in effect in the upcoming school year. This movement will improve the quality of the food the students consume as well as a cleaner environment for the Earth due to the degratable properties of the paper.
The goal for the 2019-2020 school year in both Joyce Kilmer and Parkview is to create a healthier school environment with a focus on air quality in and out of the buildings. In addition we are focusing on promoting student and staff wellness through nutrition and exercise.
We are looking to create a safer and more sustainable with every year!
JOYCE KILMER SCHOOL
Joyce Kilmer’s Green Club had been blessed with gorgeous weather for their weekly Thursday meetings. The students have been working hard on their gardens for an hour from March to June. With the help of Matthew Eckert, Jessica Barnes, and Barbara Wright, students learned how to clear and prepare a garden bed, compost, properly plant their seeds, and care for their plants. In the garden students grew herbs: cilantro and fennel, fruits such as tomatoes and green beans, leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, and lettuce, and flowering plants to attract pollinators.
Many of the seeds took, and my how the gardens bloomed! Students were excited to experience the fruits of their labor. Discoveries were made as everyone sampled their edible plants; many students tried fruits and vegetables they had never tried before and were pleasantly surprised as to how delicious they were!
The Joyce Kilmer organic gardens have produced some of the fruits and vegetables in the school cafeteria, and will continue to do so for the 2019-2020 school year.
Students who are interested in working on the garden project are encouraged to join the Green Club.
(Students are ready to aerate the soil.)
Three months later...