Matt Delaney Food Services Manager, Wellesley Public School. Champion of Food Recover Program
The plan to launch the food recovery trial at the Middle School came from the Wellesley Reduce, Reuse, Recycle working group and the Wellesley Green Schools committee during a meeting on Feb 26th. At that meeting, Matt Delaney, the Food Services Director of the Wellesley Schools for Whitson’s Culinary Group, recounted a food recovery program that was in place at Disney World when he was employed there.
Wellesley Middle School has implemented a system that allows them to collect unused food and bring it to a local food pantry. The program involves bagging and freezing excess food and redistributing it.
Town departments across Wellesley, Girl Scout Troop 73505 and Wellesley Green Schools are proud to launch the Earth Day 2019 No Idling Campaign. Commencing on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Girl Scouts have been out at a variety of schools thanking drivers for NOT IDLING with handmade car fresheners with a no idling message.
The Girl Scouts are sharing the message that not only is idling against the law and there are costs associated with idling, but it’s unhealthy, especially for children around school car lines.
Thanks to a coordinated campaign with Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen, Health, Police, Public Works, Recreation, and School Departments, as well as Wellesley’s Housing Authority, Natural Resources Commission, the Municipal Light Plant, Sustainable Energy Committee, Trails Committee, Wellesley Free Library, and Youth Commission, in conjunction with Dana Hall School, Friends of Brookside, Friends of Morses Pond, Sustainable Wellesley, Temple Beth Elohim Green Team, UU Wellesley, Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, Wellesley Village Church, Wellesley Conservation Council, Wellesley Council on Aging, Wellesley Green Schools, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Wellesley United Soccer Club, Wellesley Weston Chabad House, Wellesley Youth Baseball & Softball, Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club, and the inspirational Girl Scout Troop 73505, it will be hard to ignore the town-wide no idling messaging.
This year’s STEM EXPO Sustainability Challenge was to promoting a local resource, policy or behavior change that makes Wellesley greener. These came in in a variety of formats such as advertisements, essays, videos, artwork and more. Students from elementary through high school thought hard and convinced their audiences that everything from food waste and removing chemicals from their lawns, to composting and hydroponics were ideal ways to help our environment!
Read more below for individual winners and congratulations
How many times have you been “stuck” in school traffic?
Students enrolled in, and/or entering, the Wellesley Public Schools, St. John’s or Tenacre Schools have the opportunity to register NOW for transportation services for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 school year. For Wellesley High School families, know that there are TWO MORNING BUS OPTIONS.
In accordance with State regulations and School Committee policy, free transportation will be provided for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 residing more than 2 miles from your school. In order to participate in the program, parents must complete the registration process through the online fee payment system and agree to the Bus Conduct Rules for Transportation. The deadline for online registration with payment in full is April 5, 2019. Requests after the April 5, 2019 deadline will result in your child being placed on a waiting list and processed on a space available basis in the order in which they are received.
Riding the bus is a safe, cost and time effective means of transportation. Turn the old saying “you are not in traffic, you are traffic,” around by registering today.
Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley announced that Wellesley Public Schools was selected as a 2019 Green Ribbon School along with The Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter School in Boston, and the Ipswich Middle-High School in Ipswich.
Wellesley was chosen for excellence in reducing environmental impact, delivering environmental education programming, and improving the health and wellness of all members of the WPS community.
These honorees will now be sent to the U.S. Dept. of Education for consideration as National Green Ribbon Schools.
HUNNEWELL FEASIBILITY STUDY PUBLIC FORUM #2 Tuesday January 29, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM Hunnewell School Gymnasium
The School Building Committee invites you to join the community for an update on the feasibility study including progress on educational programming, site exploration, sustainability goals and swing space. Hear the study architects present concept design options for a new or rebuilt school. Break into small groups to ask questions, discuss and provide feedback on the short list of options tentatively selected for detailed study. Learn about the next steps in the process and opportunities for further input. For more information: Go to wellesleyma.gov/1162/Hunnewell-School-Feasibility-Study View Tentative Short List of Concept Design Options Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph F. McDonough, Facilities Director for the Town of Wellesley, and his team accepted the Outstanding Green Community Hero Award at the MA State House.
Joseph F. McDonough, Facilities Director for the Town of Wellesley, and his team including Energy Manager, Allen Hebert and Custodial Services Manager Michael Santangelo accepted the Outstanding Green Community Hero Award at the 8th annual Green Difference Awards last week at the MA State House.
State Representative Alice Peisch and State Representative Jay Barrows were on hand to recognize Wellesley’s team and other winners who have demonstrated outstanding environmental education, innovation, as well as leadership and service in schools and communities across the Commonwealth, the country and abroad.
Wellesley won the award due to it’s commitment to green cleaning, as well as reducing energy use in the schools. The Town of Wellesley has a goal of reducing energy use 25% by 2020 using 2007 as the base year.