Edmonds Community College News
Student volunteers make a difference for Lynnwood parksRelease Date: October 30th, 2012
Edmonds Community College students and faculty volunteers made a difference on Oct. 27 for Lynnwood parks.
Did you know? During 2011-12, more than 600 Edmonds Community College students, staff, and community members gave 11,500 hours of service while working with more than 100 campus and community partners.
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News via City of Lynnwood
On Saturday, October 27, over 100 volunteers joined together in Lynnwood at Lynndale and Gold Parks for National Make a Difference Day.
At Lynndale Park, a total of 52 volunteers showed up to help. Volunteer groups included two Girl Scout Troops, members of the Cascade Orienteering Club, middle school students from a youth development program called C US LEAD, a Lynnwood Park Board Member, and several community members. Even Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough, and Lynnwood Council Members Mark Smith and Benjamin Goodwin, bolstered the effort by swinging shovels and rakes, working side-by-side with the volunteers.
Volunteers helped spread new woodchips around playground equipment, re-graveled a portion of the park’s many hiking trails and tackled blackberry bush removal along the trails. Volunteers worked tirelessly in the rain from 9:30am until 12pm, leaving drenched but warmed by the gracious food and beverage donations from Starbucks on 196th in Lynnwood, Ivar’s Restaurant of Lynnwood, and Jersey Mike’s Subs of Lynnwood.
The Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges partnered with the Snohomish Tribe of Indians, REI, Ivar's and the City of Lynnwood to host a service-learning project at Stolja Ali: A Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden at Gold Park on Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th. Between the two days 58 volunteers removed invasive species and helped clean up the park. Volunteers came from service-learning classes at Edmonds, Everett and Cascadia Community Colleges, AmeriCorps and the Snohomish, Tulalip and Saanich Tribes. Tribal elders and storytellers shared teachings about plants and animals that helped students learn through their service and Ivar's of Northgate provided a hot lunch of clam chowder to the volunteers.
The Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges will partner with REI, Ivar's, the Snohomish Tribe of Indians and the City of Lynnwood to host a service-learning project at Stolja Ali: A Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden at Gold Park in Lynnwood, WA from 10 am to 2 pm on Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, January 21, 2013. An ethnobotanical garden recognizes the role that plants play in people's lives. Students will learn from traditional storytellers and tribal elders while planting native species, removing invasive species and installing interpretive signage. REI will thank volunteers with t-shirts and Ivar's will provide a hot lunch of clam chowders. Funding for this project comes from Oregon Campus Compact.
The City of Lynnwood would like to thank everyone who participated in the park improvement projects. If you have a group of people interested in participating in a park clean-up, please contact Julie Moore, Community Outreach Specialist at 425.670.5023 or by email at email@example.com.