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November 2010

Plant-It Day is Here

Join the Coolidge students, alumni, and neighbors for a fun-fill day! Help us plant the garden designed by the community this past April. Create a place to join the students, alumni and community together. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Community Plant-it Day.

Plant-It Day November 6th - Picture Album

Plant-It Day November 6th - Picture Album2

Community Plant-It Day Flyer
Coolidge High School Legacy Project Design Brochure
Northwest Current Article
Coolidge High School Greenhouse Garden
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Outdoor Classroom Come to Life


Thank You - Sponsors

Please RSVP your participation by clicking this link and selecting the "Plant-It Day - Saturday, November 13, 2010" event

Community Plant-It Day event

SEPTEMBER 2010


OPEFM - Construction begins     
ASLA Conference

  • Vendors / convention floor donations delivered to Coolidge HS
  • Vendor donations continue to arrive via shipments to Coolidge HS
ASLA  / CCAA / OPEFM – construction meeting

View ASLA Annual Conference Photos

Donations start to arrive

Construction infrastructure starts

Majora Carter,ASLA keynote speaker,  pictured with the Coolidge Greenhouse Team at the ASLA Annual Conference
Majora Carter,ASLA keynote speaker, pictured with the Coolidge Greenhouse Team at the ASLA Annual Conference

AUGUST 2010

ASLA  / CCAA / ACE / OPEFM - meeting

 

OPEFM – Office of Public Education Facilities Management

Commitment to construction infrastructure

MAY - AUGUST 2010

ASLA  / CCAA / ACE – design and donor collaboration

Parking and Access Directions

CHS_DD Set - June 2010

Greenhouse Garden - Outdoor Classroom Pagoda / Arbor

 (Proposed Design Element)

Donations being confirmed and delivery start to

Donation deliveries start to be scheduled

APRIL 2010

Charette / Design Day

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We will be hosting a design day on Saturday, April 17th, 2010. Students, educators, parents and the community will work with landscape architects to design the space to accommodate a variety of activities that will help to beautify the campus. We will also explore creating a campus master plan, which will begin to address the needs of all the outdoor space at Coolidge. While the landscape architects will help facilitate the discussion, the design will come straight from you!

With your collaboration, we will create two important documents by the end of the day:

    • A greenhouse garden design that the landscape architects can turn into construction documents, which we will use for our Build It Day in Fall 2010.
    •  A diagrammatic master plan the community and Alumni Association can use to start prioritizing outdoor improvements at the school.


Please come to the design day with ideas on what you would like to see in the gardens. Here are a few questions to jumpstart the conversation:

 

•     How can the campus become an outdoor classroom?

•     How can the greenhouse gardens be used to strengthen the relationship between the school and the community?

•     What garden elements would you like to see in the design (i.e. seating area, rain garden, shade, vegetable garden plots, etc.)?

•     Would you be interested in helping to maintain the gardens?

This fall, the Coolidge High School community will team up with ASLA to construct the design created in April. ASLA is working closely with vendors attending their national convention in Washington, DC this September to donate plant and hardscape materials to create the greenhouse gardens.

If you are interested in donating materials or volunteering for the Build-It Day, please contact Elizabeth Miller via e-mail
(Elizabeth.Miller@ncpc.gov) or phone (202.482.7246).

Please complete the RSVP form to confirm your participation


JANUARY – APRIL  2010

Campus Beautification Program / Greenhouse Project

The Greening of Coolidge High School - Student Presentation on Planning & Design


Vicinity map of the Coolidge High School campus and surrounding community
Vicinity map of the Coolidge High School campus and surrounding community

The Coolidge High School Alumni Association has teamed up with the ACE Mentoring Program, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the National Society of Black Engineers to design and install a greenhouse garden along the southern side of the school. Surrounding the greenhouse, construted as a part of the orginal construction of the school in 1938, the garden is a work in progress. We need your help to make it happen!

 

Students in the ACE program are working hard to identify the existing site conditions, and are performing research on sustainable design tools such as rain gardens, recycled hardscape materials (such as benches and pavers) and solar power. Much like the greenhouse renovation, the goal of the garden is to create a place for everyone to enjoy with minimal impacts to the natural environment. Some of the work done by the students this semester can be found in link above.

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To learn more about improving public schoolyards and parks in Washington, please visit the CapitalSpace initiative's

To learn more about improving public schoolyards and parks in Washington, please visit the CapitalSpace initiative's website at www.capitalspace.gov. CapitalSpace is committed to providing a beautiful, high-quality and unified park system for Washington, DC, and the partner agencies commend the Alumni Association, ACE, NSBE and ASLA's efforts towards Coolidge's Design It Day!