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Day of service this Saturday at 14 Tucson schools

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Students, teachers, parents and community volunteers will take part in the second annual Green Apple Day of Service on September 28.

With other volunteers, you can plant gardens, install water-harvesting systems, paint murals and do more to make local schools healthy and productive places for students to learn.

Green Apple is a project of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S.  The center is committed to placing all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.  

Volunteers at the Sonoran Branch of the US Green BuildingCouncil served as a resource for finding and assisting local schools, and raised $2900 to fund seven Green Apple projects.

This is the 2ndyear for the Green Apple awards. Last year two Tucson-area schools participated.  Many of this year's schools are in TUSD.

Presidio School is the only school participating for its2nd year. Last year the school and community came together for a block party to build a tortoise habitat and break ground on a garden. This year Presidio is hosting workshops on water conservation, a competition to design human-powered water pump for their rainwater harvesting system and other activities.

Below is the complete list of Tucson Schools participating - per the website, including those who received grant funding.

All projects start at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28, unless otherwise noted.

Drachman Montesorri Magnet School, Kristen Bury,
(520) 225-1524
1085 S 10th Ave (at 22nd Street)  Tucson, AZ 85701
Clean and Green Mosaic Day (multiple activities)

Utterback Magnet Middle School, Mark Eberlein,,
(520) 225-3576
3233 S Pinal Vista Tucson, AZ 85713
Science Mural project using eco-paints (project inNovember) September 28 -  Bog SpringTrail Cleanup and hike

Roskruge Bilingual, Eric Flewelling, (520)225-2958,
501 E. 6th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Cis-Tern on the Water Works

Borton Primary Magnet School, Molly Reed,,  (520) 891-3225
700 E. 22nd Street Tucson, AZ 85713
Borton Water Harvesting Basin - permaculture,planning and native plantings Starts at 7:30 a.m.

Holladay Elementary, Elizabeth Putnam Hidalgo,, (520) 225-1602
1110 E 33rd St, Tucson, AZ 85713
Outdoor Adventures - native seed planting, adobe bench-making and more

Presidio School, Erin Foudy, (520) 881-5222
1695 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Catch it, Save it, Use it- harvesting rain water

City High School, Josh Banno, (520) 623-7223 Jacome Plaza@ the Main Library, Tucson, AZ 85701
Downtown Gardens at Jacome Plaza-planning and planting plot of a new community garden

Safford K-8, Brenda Dickason, (520) 225-3091
200 E 13th St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Safford Beautification- beautify school, sowing wildflower seeds, planting native plants, donating vegetable seeds to the community garden

St. Mark's Preschool, Anna Kolb, (520) 325-1516

3809 E 3rd St, Tucson, AZ 85716
St. Mark's Volunteer Day- expanding of their community garden to teach children the benefits of growing their own vegetables and of healthy eating habits

Palo Verde High School, Karen Wadhams, (520) 584-7400
1302 Avenida Vega, Tucson, AZ 85710
Wetlands Clean Up

Green Apple Service events on days other than September28:

Kellond Elementary, Scott Hagerman, (520) 584-5100,
6606 E Lehigh Dr, Tucson, AZ 85710
Kindness Garden-nurturing of the school gardens and grounds October 3, 6 p.m.

Manzo Elementary School (recipient of USGBC's nationalBest of Green Schools 2012 award for K-12 schools), Wes Oswald, (520) 225-1900.
855 N Melrose Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745
September 27 - Home Energizer Program- workshops for energy efficiency in the home

Khalsa Montessori School, Siri Atma Khalsa, (520)529-3611
371 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718
October 25th - Master Recycling Presentation- recycling class

Pueblo High Magnet, Mary Wallace,  , (520) 551-0530
3500 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
Pueblo Pride - tree planting, beautification of school and neighborhood October 2, 2 p.m. to 5:30 pm

More details about the schools' Green Apple projects are available at US Green Building Council Arizona Chapter will acknowledge all the Green Apple Schools at its annualHeavy Medals Awards Banquet, to be held November 13, 2013 at the LEEDcertified Phoenix Convention Center. Tucson's Civano Middle School will be receiving an award for its LEED Gold building.

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