Plant and They Will Come!
The proof is in the caterpillars!
2nd Instar Black Swallowtail Caterpillar ~ Willa Brosnihan Photo
Monday I had the great joy of being given the grand tour of the O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden recently installed by Mrs. McGrath’s sixth grade class. We first had a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly and then went out to the garden to see the very same caterpillars!
The garden hits all the right notes with caterpillar food plants and colorful nectar-rich, butterfly attracting flowers. With the bed dug entirely by the students (you can see by the surrounding beds that the soil must have been incredibly compacted), prepped, and all planting done by the kids it is truly a fabulous accomplishment. You’ll see amazingly adorned handmade and beautifully painted informational signs and butterfly baths.
The garden was made possible though an award winning project created by students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. For more information see the Awesome Gloucester Foundation O’Maley Butterfly Garden project page here .
Emma Duckworth Photo
Project creators Emma, Willa, and Kelsey
Hand painted water dish for butterflies and birds.
Willa photographing caterpillars
See More Photos Here
Not one, but TWO, micro grants of $1,000.00 each were awarded to the two winning teams of the O’Maley Innovation School student challenge for the Awesome Gloucester Awards.
The Bicycle Generator project, created by sixth grade students Cole Cunningham, Joseph Ciarametaro, and Owen Hardy, is an outstanding idea combining hands on building with harnessing kid’s natural energy in an effort to make their school more environmentally friendly. Read More About the Bicycle Generator Project Here.
The O’Maley Butterfly Garden is a wonderful project created by sixth grade students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. The garden is already underway, with beds dug and ready for planting (the kids did all the heavy lifting)! The funds received will go towards purchasing plants. Read More About the O’Maley Butterfly Garden Here.
I just have to add that I was so impressed with the student’s presentations; with their poise, professionalism, humor, and their well-planned and well-executed proposals especially. I saw a roomful of beaming faces last night, not just of students, but wide smiles on teachers and parents as well. Hats off to all!
Super Proud Moms Lara, Tracy, and Nicole!
Monday night Awesome Gloucester gave $1000 to St. Vincent DePaul of Cape Ann.
This charity works tirelessly to address the needs of local folks who need assistance in times of hardship.
The Awesome Gloucester Grant will go to their Christmas program which provides gift and clothing to local children in need. What’s better than that?
Awesome Gloucester wants to remind our fellow residents… We need pitches to give away money! If you have a great cause, idea, business, creation, etc… that you think will make Gloucester more awesome, contact us!
From Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:
Awesome Gloucester- The TV Show
The series premiere of “Awesome Gloucester” airs tonight, Thursday, July 10 at 7pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. Explore Gloucester and its awesomeness with host David Wesson and get an insiders look at baking bread at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery; explore the Maritime Gloucester tide pools with kids; and learn about distilling rum at Ryan & Wood Distilleries. This show is created by Lanesvillian Matt Morris, a filmmaker who loves this town and decided to make a television show about one of the coolest places on Earth.
The show also airs on Fridays at 3:30 pm; and Sundays at 5:00 pm. See full Cape Ann TV Schedule here.
WITH TRACY CORBETT, YVONNE BURKE and WALT KOLENDA
Awesome Gloucester’s first Pitch Night is tomorrow 10/3 at The Gloucester House. The three finalists who will pitch their ideas are
- Soft-Shelled Lobsters
- a Book of Poetry and
- a Blue Revolution,
The winner walks away with a brown paper bag containing a thousand dollars in cash!
Anyone can come and watch the proceedings. See this post for more detail on Awesome Gloucester.