News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 26, 2013
Sedgwick Elementary holds annual cleanup

Sedgwick Elementary School Second graders prepare hole for apple tree

Second grade students mix together soil and plant food for a newly-dug hole for an apple tree on school grounds on September 19 at Sedgwick Elementary School.

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by Jessica Brophy

Fall means it’s time to enjoy local foods, the crisp air and sunshine, and getting outside before the weather gets rough.

On Thursday, September 19, students at Sedgwick Elementary School spent the day cleaning the grounds of the school, planting trees and preparing flower beds with fall favorites.

Second-grade teacher Brenda Monteith said the cleanup gives students the chance to feel invested in the school grounds, and proud of them. Her students spent the afternoon hours planting an apple tree and a lilac bush.

During the day, the students had a lunch featuring local foods. It was capped off by a whoopie pie contest organized by grade 7 and 8 teacher Bonnie Arendt.

“We were talking in our Maine studies class about the state snack,” said Arendt. “I said I make the best whoopie pies, and then each student said, ‘No, my mom does,’ or ‘No, my grandmother does.’

“So we decided to ask who would like to submit some whoopie pies,” she continued. All whoopie pies had to be the traditional chocolate cake with white filling. Several students and staff brought in pies, which were taste-tested and ranked, before the rest were handed out to students as dessert.

The winner was staff member Barbara Allen, with second and third place going to seventh-grader Jaycob Wilbur and eighth-grader Jason Herrick.