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Greenwood Students Clean Mill Valley to Bring Ugandan Orphans to Marin

Greenwood students have recruited pledges to perform dozens of clean-up efforts to Mill Valley, in order to raise $15,000 to bring the Spirit of Uganda performers to Marin in January. Most recently collecting trash and compostables at Goodman's Marsh

Greenwood 5th Graders with Bags of trash from West side of Marsh, courtesy photo
Greenwood 5th Graders with Bags of trash from West side of Marsh, courtesy photo
Greenwood 5th Grade students spent their afternoon cleaning up Goodman's Marsh this past Friday, as part of the Nature and Environmental Studies Program, taught by Julie Hanft, in collaboration with Marin Clean Highways.

"Greenwood is well-known for its ecoliteracy programs and strong community involvement," explained Hanft, "We are proud to be part of this teacher/parent designed-campaign, called Minutes for Mill Valley."

As part of their annual program, this year the school is raising money to bring orphaned Ugandan performers to Marin, while looking for sustainable projects to serve the community while learning about environmental responsibility.  

In order to fund the $15,000 event, Greenwood students have recruited pledges of 15-cents per minute from parents, extended family and friends, to support their work around Mill Valley in December.

During the month of December, Greenwood 1st — 8th grade students have:
  • Weeding of the Common Areas at the Mill Valley Community Garden
  • Picked up 40-bags of garbage at Bayfront Park/MV Middle School/Bike Path
  • Participated in the removal of Non-Native Blackberry from Spring Site with Marin County Parks at Horse Hill
  • Raked Fall Leaves with Mill Valley Parks
  • Removed Non-Native Salsola Plant and picked up 30-bags of trash with Marin County Parks at Bothin Marsh
  • Cleaned the exterior of the Tennis Pro Shop at Boyle Park, recovering 130 tennis balls from the creek (which will be cleaned and sold as dog balls) with Clean Mill Valley 
  • Collected Trash and Return of Starbucks specific trash to Starbucks in collaboration with Clean Mill Valley and MV Parks & Rec Commissioner Joan Murray at Camino Alto (between Miller and Sycamore).
The project will continue through this week, with:
  • San Francisco/Marin Food Bank:  Organizing Holiday Food Distribution
  • Homestead Valley Land Trust:  Trail Work
  • Redwood Creek/Muir Beach Salmonid Restoration Project:  Native Plant Restoration with GGNRA
  • Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio Creek: Invasive Plant Removal with Mill Valley Streamkeepers

About the Performance
The Spirit of Uganda performers will grace Marin on Jan. 16, for a public performance at Angelico Hall, Dominican University. 
The 5th Grade class came out to Goodman's Marsh on Friday and spent 2-1/2 hours cleaning the marsh.  They raked up leaves, picked up litter, bottles, flip flops, golf balls, basketballs, etc.  What an energetic and dedicated group of kids.  
The money they raised this year was specifically to bring a the Spirit of Uganda, a group of orphaned youth ambassadors, for a public performance at Dominican University on January 16th.
Rachel DiPaola December 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
It would be nice to know how we can contribute to this effort to bring the Ugandan performers to Marin. Is there a website to donate?
Julie Owen Hanft December 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Hi Rachel! Donations are kindly accepted. Please send a check made out to Greenwood School to 17 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 with the notation that it is earmarked for Spirit of Uganda/Minutes for Mill Valley (SOU/MFMV). Thank you and please join us for the performance on Jan. 16th!

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