West school briefs: Bloomington rain gardens created for hands-on learning

  • Article by: KIM MCGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 1:46 PM


Rain gardens created for hands-on learning

Bloomington’s Poplar Bridge Elementary School and Pond Family Center are creating rain garden sites to provide hands-on experience and outdoor learning spaces for students and parents.

Children and parents from the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and preschool classes will plant the Pond Center’s rain garden on Thursday, May 16. Poplar Bridge will host a community planting day on Saturday, May 18.

Poplar Bridge’s 4,000- square-foot rain garden plot and outdoor classroom area was created last month by Field Outdoor Spaces. The garden will have 26 plant species to provide food and habitat for wildlife. Poplar Bridge staff also hopes to have the garden registered as a monarch way station, providing host and nectar plants for monarch butterflies.

Poplar Bridge neighbors and community members planning to participate in the public planting day should visit http://pb.bloomington.k12.mn.us to complete a form in advance.

The project is funded through an environmental grant from Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, a donation from Valspar Corp. and the school’s fundraising efforts.


High school launches Fit-Drive event

The Minnetonka School District is partnering with FitNation Donation to sponsor a Fit-Drive event on Saturday May 18. This event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of the high school.

People are asked to donate their used and unwanted exercise equipment, which will be sold to provide funding for new strength and fitness equipment at Minnetonka High School.

Anyone who needs assistance in donating equipment can call the Fit-Drive hot line at 952-240-8638 to arrange a collection time. The Fit-Drive team will arrive at their home to pick up the equipment.

For more information, contact Joel Scalzo, director of charitable partnerships, at 952-240-8638 or at jscalzo@fitna tiondonation.com.


Board candidate sessions planned

Individuals considering seeking one of three school board seats up for election in November are encouraged to attend one of three information sessions the district has planned.

All three positions are for four-year terms. Members elected will be seated in January 2014, and their terms will last until January 2018.

The seats are currently held by Susan Gaither, John Moroz and Sue Droegemueller. Individuals wishing to run must file election paperwork with the district between July 30 and Aug. 13.

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