Maplewood Continues to Grow

By Maplewood PTA
Originally published in the May 2018 issue of The Flea

This spring the Maplewood community planted a mini orchard on campus, welcomed a delegation from the National Endowment of the Arts interested in our creative learning initiatives, and raised over 25K during the Mustang Stampede fun run.

The orchard is located between the building, the playground, and the portables along Ashwood Rd., and planted trees include two fig, three plum, two mulberry, a pomegranate, an olive, and a pecan. Students planted all the trees over two days in the last month with the support of the PTA gardening and landscaping crew and The Treevolution grass roots organization.

The kids loved seeing the root balls, watering the trees, and, of course, getting their hands dirty! We have organized a watering brigade to care for the trees over the next year, and we would love our Cherrywood community to lend a hand! Email if you’d like to volunteer some watering time this summer.

MINDPOP, managing partner of the city-wide collective impact Creative Learning Initiative, hosted forty-five NEA Grantees for a site visit to Maplewood on April 4. Focusing on the three pillars of the Creative Learning Initiative in Austin schools, visitors observed creative teaching across the curriculum, arts learning, and a community arts partnership. Erin Magrath’s third graders chose between the creative teaching strategies Stage Picture, Soundscape, and Icon to represent the main ideas of the read-aloud A is for Activism. Ms. Wozniak’s fifth graders showcased their acting skills with arts partner UT Shakespeare at Winedale, and the 6th grade orchestra students played four pieces under the direction of Mr. Leach. The NEA grantees were more than impressed with Maplewood’s example of an arts-rich education!

More than 100 Mustangs braved a windy 40-degree morning to run around Mueller Lake Park as part of our biggest fundraiser of the year. Students raised a total of $25,400 as part of four school-wide teams and celebrated reaching their goal by spraying Principal Vickie Jacobson with silly string on the Friday after race day. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to our wonderful school!

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Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park, Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, and Content Editor, Flea newsletter

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