Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 11:15am

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Submitted by Andrea Fairweather, Lindbergh Elementary, afairweather@madison.k12.wi.us

There is new blood on Lindbergh’s PTA.  And they have energy.  Lots of energy.  

I have been a member of Lindbergh’s PTA the past three years and new parent members have been the impetus of change at our small school on Madison’s north side.
And the changes keep coming.
It started with the new mural project on the north side of the building.  PTA president Joe Connolly and other PTA members raised funds and worked with Katie Griffiths, our beloved art teacher, to work with lead artist Emida Roller. The project was a collaboration between students from Lindbergh Elementary and East High School to create the mural.  This project was made possible with the help of Sharon Kilfoy and Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA).
Around this same time, work on the Little Library was finished and dedicated to our beloved retired Lindbergh Librarian, Shirley Raymakers.  Collaboration between UW Medical students volunteering at Lindbergh to fulfill their Primary Care Clerkship Experience, the school librarian, and parent Matt Hoftstede helped secure funds and the plan and to build our “airplane hanger” style library.

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Lindbergh was able to partner with REAP and secured a SEED grant from the City of Madison to revamp our cafeteria after installing a garden bar to increase healthy school lunch options for our low income students.
Nathan Webber, a Senior at Memorial High School (and son of our Nursing Assistant Julie Webber), chose Lindbergh Elementary School to be the  recipient of his Eagle Scout Service Project. He met with last year’s Principal Sal Velasco and members of the PTA to determine Lindbergh's needs. Everyone stated that outdoor classroom areas were needed. After 7 months of planning, over 45 volunteers from Lindbergh and Troop 420 gathered on Patriots Day to build 10 picnic tables and 2 Aldo Leopold benches for 2 outdoor classroom areas. Tables are located near the new school mural and adjacent to the Lindbergh vegetable gardens.
This fall the PTA worked with Jeremy Kane of the Urban Tree Alliance and Brent Valentine of Heartwood Tree Company to source and plant 14 trees with the help of the 4th grade class.
The plans abound.  We are in the process of submitting the application to host the REAP Food Group Family Fest in May 2017.  The PTA is next focused on raising money for new playground equipment, which is sorely outdated.

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