Sept. 11, 2015 News Blast

Sept. 12 Tugman Park Festival

The SE Neighbors Association has a festival with live music, kids’ activities, raffles, a beer garden, an urban garden sharing table and more this Saturday, Sept. 12 at Tugman Park from 3 to 7 p.m. Stop by the Edgewood PTA booth at the festival to sign up to volunteer at Edgewood events, join the PTA and get a popsicle! Want to help at the PTA booth? Email

Fill the Food Pantry!

The Edgewood Village Food Pantry is low on food supplies that help hungry families at Edgewood.  Please consider bringing a food item (such as pasta and sauce, rice and rice dinners, peanut butter, granola bars, canned tuna, canned fruits or vegetables or soup) to the container outside the Edgewood office during our Food Drive Sept. 15th and 18th. There will also be a bin at the School BBQ on Thursday, Sept. 17th. Edgewood Village is a program of the Edgewood PTA that aims to support the most vulnerable members of the school community so that they can arrive at school nourished, ready to learn and appropriately clothed for the weather. If you would prefer to donate cash for food or have any questions about the food pantry, please contact: Jennifer Ludwig at

Donate clothes for the Clothing Drive!

We are accepting gently used clothing, shoes and athletic equipment for our first Freecycle event at the Edgewood BBQ Sept. 17th. The Freecycle event allows people to pick up any clothes they’d like for their children (who likely outgrew last year’s clothing!) for FREE! Drop outgrown items in the tub outside the office between Sept. 9 and 14th. Anyone who wants to volunteer to wash a load of clothes can contact Beth at

School Garden Volunteer Training Sept. 12 & Oct. 10th!

Lane Community College is offering two free School Garden Project Volunteer Training class:  one is Saturday, September 12th from 10- noon and one is Saturday, October 10th from 10 to noon. The contact for the class is or 541-284-1001. For more information, visit

Don’t forget your background check!

Remember, to participate in volunteer opportunities at the school, 4J requires completion of an online application form. Find the application here:

Love Food, Not Waste

Last year, Edgewood became part of a comprehensive composting program called Love Food, Not Waste. Instead of simply composting fruit and vegetable scraps in the school garden, now ALL food waste—bread, meat, dairy and paper napkins—gets taken by the garbage hauler, composted and turned into dirt! Edgewood reduced its garbage significantly after starting this program.

Please talk to your child(ren) about the importance of them putting the right material in the compost. Plastics and plastic-coated paper can contaminate the compost and mean that Edgewood won’t be part of the program anymore!

For more information, visit


Thank you to Sky and Steve Schual for the beautiful new garden signs! Edgewood’s School Garden features prominently now that wooden signs point the way. We’re proud of our garden and now everyone can find it!

Have a great week,

John Stapleton, PTA president,
Beth Casper, PTA vice-president,
David NT, PTA Secretary,
Meridith Turnbull, PTA Treasurer,