Here are some snapshots from this summer's Urban Adventures!
Urban Adventures students investigate waste in their community and what local businesses and organizations are doing to address it. At Kachel Motor Company, an auto shop, students get a close look at a machine that grinds down scrap metal, which will later be melted and recycled (lower left).
At Market Basket, Leo Lopez, manager and former Boys & Girls Club member gives students a special behind-the-scenes tour and explains how the store collects all organic waste to be picked up by a pig farm (lower right).
Staff from The Clean River Project take the kids out for a spin on the Merrimack River (hosted by Greater Lawrence Community Boating). The Clean River Project has found several cars and even an old safe! (there was no money inside, unfortunately).
Help Groundwork Lawrence win a $1,500 grant from the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Foundation! From now until June 30th, GWL will be featured on the We Share a Common Thread website competing with two other non-profits. The process is easy; simply click on the Groundwork Lawrence box and submit your vote! Feel free to share this great contest on social media to encourage your friends to vote as well.
Joins Tsongas for her 9th Annual River Day
Sec. Jewell addresses students at Minute Man NHP; seated (L to R) Rep. Niki Tsongas, Nancy Nelson, Heather McMann, Anna West Winter, Alison Field-Juma
Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 12:15 am - By Lisa Kashinsky email@example.com
LAWRENCE — For Lawrence resident Sarai Concepcion and her 8-year-old daughter, Michelle Delacruz, cleaning up Campagnone Common on Saturday was both a bonding experience and a chance to better their community.
“It starts from family and education and the first thing we need to do is educate our kids so we can have a better planet,” Concepcion said.
Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:00 am - By Terry Date firstname.lastname@example.org
LAWRENCE — At the spring gathering of the Essex National Heritage Commission at the Everett Mills, 150 guests celebrate the region’s strong sense of place and the award-winning projects that enhance that dynamic.
Daylight streamed through tall windows at the Thursday morning event and brightened the sturdy hardwood floor that factory workers once trod. The long, wide room with a high ceiling smelled of brick and wood and looked spacious enough for a basketball game.
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:07 am | Eagle Tribune
LAWRENCE — The city hopes to attract up to 2,000 volunteers to participate in its Comcast Cares Day cleanup throughout the city Saturday.
The event is staged by Groundwork Lawrence and Comcast, with the support of Mayor Daniel Rivera.
Last year, 1,200 volunteers came out to clean Lawrence. This year, Mayor Rivera is hoping to increase that number to 2,000.
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:15 am | By Keith Eddings email@example.com
LAWRENCE – U.S. Rep Niki Tsongas and Mayor Daniel Rivera on Friday joined a top federal environmental official at abandoned rail bed beside a boarded-up factory to announce an effort to rebuild the crumbling industrial corridor along the rail.
Written by Kelly Rusch
Groundwork Lawrence put on a vacation program at the Boys and Girls Club focusing on exercising, nutrition, and food science.
For a lot of kids, February vacation means spending time relaxing indoors trying to stay warm, forgetting about school and learning for a week. Not for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club! Over 30 kids from elementary to high school ages participated in the Groundwork Lawrence February Vacation Program from February 17-20th.
There were two, one hour sessions each day; one for ages 7-10 and one for 11 years and older. The younger kids focused on exercise and nutrition. They started class with learning the different ways of exercising. One day they were led through a gentle yoga session, and the next day they stepped up the intensity with a calisthenics workout. They prepared a healthy snack at the end of each class. One of the favorites was the Energy Bites. These were made from sun butter, oats, honey, flaxseed powder, and chocolate chips. They learned about the different healthy components of what they were eating including whole grains, protein, dietary fiber, and dark chocolate. One girl came the next day excited to share that she made Energy Bites for her dad!