On Saturday, March 11, Northwest School students and faculty broke ground on the new outdoor green space that is replacing half of the West Court. The Environmental Interest Group (EIG) spearheaded the project and has worked on the plans for this entire year.
Before the groundbreaking, students received power tool training from the Northwest School Maintenance Department. Underneath a persistent drizzle, the students (joined by Head of School Mike McGill) began construction on a greenhouse and two raised beds. The greenhouse and the raised beds will provide food and herbs for Northwest School lunches and dinners.
The EIG, with assistance from Director of Environmental Education and Stewardship Jenny Cooper, surveyed students in every grade level (and many faculty members) about what they would like to see in the outdoor green space. They narrowed down all of those ideas into three separate purposes for the new space: educating about sustainability and food justice, offering outdoor education space and expanded green space, and providing food for the students and the school.
See pictures of the construction below.