Category Archives: Garden

Lewis Recycling and Green School Program

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Lewis Elementary School is denoted as an Oregon Green School of Merit. Since January of 2007 Lewis Elementary students and staff have been composting lunch time waste from our salad bar. Fruits and vegetables that would normally have gone into the trash and into the dumpster are collected and composted in our school garden.

During 2009-2010 school year, we began the recycling milk cartons. The cartons are collected after lunch, rinsed, dried and then recycled. This process has helped to lower the school’s waste budget resulting in the removal of one of our dumpsters and a savings to PPS of $3000.

In the 2011-2012, with the advent of the city wide food waste composting effort, Lewis began collecting all lunch time food waste for composting. Now in addition to our established fruits and vegetables composting, we are also collecting food waste that would of otherwise been deposited in our dumpster. In addition, packaging from home lunches are also being recycled.

These efforts are only possible because of the commitment and dedication of our many parent and community volunteers. We thank them for their work and support of our school and helping us to continue to be responsible users of resources.

Community Care Day August 28, 2010…

We could really use some help keeping up on the summer garden maintenance so, mark your calendars!

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Saturday, August 28th 9am-12pm – Community Care Day – Clean-up front of school (entryway and parking lot areas)

If you are planning to attend one or both of the above events, please RSVP to so that we can get an idea of how many volunteers to expect.

If you are not available either of these days, but would like to volunteer an hour or two of your time to weed and tend to the vegetable beds at the school, please let me know. I will be at the school from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm everyday this week for Camp Invention (July 19-23rd) and I could take a few moments to show you an area to focus on and give you some tools to use.

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Hamlin at