Step-ups

Think about what you want to put on your college resume...
   AND THEN DO THOSE THINGS!

All APES students are required to complete 4 hours of environmentally themed community service each quarter (Step-ups).
Instructions on how to write your step-up reflection can be found here.
These are due on the morning of: 
  • 1st Quarter           Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • 2nd Quarter          Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • 3rd Quarter          Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • 4th Quarter          Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Check out our Photo Archive of work days at CHS here

Community Service Ideas (with links)

Upcoming opportunities


On going opportunites at Carrboro High School

CHS Eco-Action-action at the Farmers Market!
We are selling vegetables, vegetable starts, and worm compost at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market in April and May. 
Sign up for a Saturday morning shift (8-10, 10-12 or 8-12)
To sign up for a shift (8-10, 10-12, or 8-12) use THIS form

More to do about composting
We need someone to build another worm composting system. We want to collect food scraps at the farmers market and then make work compost out of them to sell.
This is a fun and easy project. Talk to Mr. Klakovich if interested. 

Grant writing
We are always looking for more funds to do cool projects
Help us find the money!

Join our Eco-Action team All are welcome. We are now meeting on tuesdays, 4-6pm
Work on a very local project while learning about global issues. We meet every Tuesday in our Eco-Action garden behind D wing after school. This project is open to all CHS students so get your friends to come with you. 
Clayton Murtle is the garden coordinator <cmurtle@live.unc.edu>
Please put your name on the sign up sheet in my room to let me know you intend on going (this will be your pre-approval)
Be sure to sign the sign in sheet when you are there (that will be your verification)

Ongoing opportunites off of campus
The Farm at Penny Lane 
Volunteer work days scheduled on Monday and Thursday evenings from 4 PM - 8 PM, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10 AM – 12 PM, and on the second Saturday of each month (times vary with the seasons).
Tasks usually involve things such as starting seedlings, Planting directly in the garden or field, Mulching beds, Turning compost, Weeding, Harvesting, Special projects like building trellises, Trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle. Everyone is welcome. Youth under the age of 18 must have a valid drivers license and bring a signed waiver form. 
All volunteers must complete a Visitor Liability and Media Release.
An online volunteer sign up can be found at here.

Benevolence farm
Contact the link below to find out about opportunities that are coming up
This is a great organization that supports women who have recently come out of jail and need help.
They host volunteer opportunities once a month on their farm. 
If you plan to come and you are under 18, be sure to print and fill out THIS WAIVER form 
Check out their webpage for more information

Carolina Campus Community Garden
Volunteer Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Sundays
1 - watch video (just two minutes)
2 - Print, and fill out these two forms (release of liability 
and emergency contact info)
3 - Be sure to check their website to see if there is a workday planned on the day you want to go
4 - Then contact  Clair Lorch <clorch@email.unc.edu> to tell her you are coming.
5 - All participants MUST BE OLDER THAN 16 YEARS OLD

Promote composting at the Carrboro Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 8-12

An entirely volunteer supported effort every Saturday during market hours (currently 7AM-12). The food waste we collect there goes to a commercial composting company, Brooks, (same that is contracted by CH-C Schools), so there are distinctive material differences there compared to a backyard (or schoolyard, for that matter) compost.  More info here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a44a8ac2ba75-saturday

Work at the Carrboro Farmers Market

Volunteers are needed from 8-12 at there information booth. Everyone always has a great time doing this. Send an email to manager@carrborofarmersmarket.com

Become a member of the Learning Outside Eco-Crew! 
This organization's mission is to grow deep connections between children and  the natural world. The Eco-Crew does a variety of outside tasks that will bring out the leader in you. Students need to commit to spend 4 hours a month (on Saturday) on this project. I know this is more than necessary for the class but there are students who continue to volunteer year after year.
Contact Wendy Banning <wendy@learningoutside.org>
Here is a link to the Learning Outside website

Do you like working on computers or want to learn? This organization rebuilds old computers and donates them to people who need them. Check out their website for more information. They have Wednesday night and weekend workdays.


Click to go to The Scrap Exchange.The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Road

Durham, NC  27707
Madeline James volunteer@scrapexchange.org
The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit creative reuse center whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.  Since 1991, we have been collecting materials from local businesses and residents and distributing these reclaimed materials through our retail store, community events, parties and workshops.  Materials include craft materials, sewing supplies, foam, paper, test tubes, and much more. Volunteer information sessions are every fourth Sunday from 1:30-2:00. More information at http://scrapexchange.org/join-us/volunteer/

Archived opportunities from this year:
Residential rain garden clinic
March 24, 1:30-5:30
Chapel Hill Public Library
This workshop is intended to teach residents how to build and maintain rain gardens at the homes. (You know all about these!)
We need students to participate as well as help the day run smoothly.
Register here and contact Julie McClintock  Mcclintockjulie@gmail.com 

Clean Jordan Lake
Saturday, March 24
9 am -12 pm
Click HERE for a map of where to meet
HERE is a link with more information.
HERE is a link  to print out and fill out the liability form.


Battery recycling  This has been filled
Be in charge of our battery recycling program
Monitor collection, take batteries to recycling center, promote awareness, plan events


Apply for this amazing opportunity. Win and I will let this count for 2 step ups!  
The Orange County Beekeepers Association (OCBA) provides education and support for beekeepers in Orange County. OCBA's annual Bee School begins in January. 
To promote youth beekeeping, OCBA sponsors two beekeeping apprentices each year. The goal of the apprenticeship program is to introduce interested students to beekeeping by providing the education, tools, bees, training and one-on-one support necessary to allow them to become successful beekeepers.
The OCBA apprenticeship is a competitive program. Interested students between the ages of 10 and 16 are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be residents of Orange County. Application information and materials can be found online at http://theocba.org/apprentice/.
Each of the two apprentices chosen, will receive:
1) tuition free enrollment in OCBA's Bee School
2) honey bees and beekeeping equipment needed to start beekeeping
3) the support of an experienced beekeeping mentor
4) a one year membership in OCBA 
The total value of each OCBA apprentice award is approximately $600.
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