2011 PARK(ing) Day in Reservoir Hill: Where the worms are real and chewy

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Lining up to peak inside the worm bin at PARK(ing) Day 2011 (9/16/11)

Last week we told you about our plans to celebrate PARK(ing) Day by transforming teachers' parking spaces behind John Eager Howard Elementary School into a Compost Kitchen.  Students would learn about making both real and edible compost bins, while at the same time enjoying a space that is normally only used by cars.

Just to review, here is what the teachers' parking lot at John Eager Howard Elementary School looked like last Thursday, the day before PARK(ing) Day:

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Teachers' parking lot at JEH (9/15/11)

And here is what the lot looked like from 9am-3pm, when we blocked off the space with orange cones and laid a green tarp for every pre-K through 2nd grade student to: listen to the story of Compost Stew; make their own edible compost bin out of pudding (soil), crushed cookies (dirt), marshmallows (paper), blue sprinkles (water), gummy worms (worms), and real grapes, apples, and oranges (fruit); and, poke around in a real worm bin.

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Reading Compost Stew:

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Contributing to the site's own (real) compost bin:

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Lining up for the edible compost bin assembly line:

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Adding blue sprinkles (water) to the edible compost bin in a cup concoction:

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Edible compost bins actually taste pretty good:

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Maybe worms are an acquired taste:

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But when it came to the (real) worms, some kept their distance:

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Others were more comfortable up-close:

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Some wanted to get close enough to touch the worms:

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And some just wanted to get as close as possible:

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Megan PARKing Day 3

But the worms always drew a crowd (including Principal Hanson):

See you at next year's PARK(ing) Day!

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