Cluster in the News: October Hill Rag
Cluster Renovators House Tour Returns on October 21st !
On Sunday, October 21, 2018, the Capitol Hill Cluster School will host the 17th annual Renovator’s House Tour. This community event was created by three Capitol Hill moms in 2001 as a fundraiser to benefit the three cluster campuses of Peabody Early Childhood, Watkins Elementary and Stuart-Hobson Middle School.
As home renovators in an historic neighborhood, their idea was to showcase houses that told a great story about transformation and change. Since then, over 4,000 people have attended the event and the tour has raised more than $200,000 in critically-needed funds for the Cluster School, supporting a variety of education initiatives, from new classroom technology to arts programming.
Every year, generous homeowners in our community share their personal renovation story by opening their homes to tour-goers. Each home is unique, and the tour never features the same home twice. It’s a wonderful way to explore our community, see beautiful renovations, and gather ideas for your own future dream home. It’s also just a lovely way to spend a Sunday on Capitol Hill while helping a local public school grow. To attend this great capitol Hill tradition, please visit www.renovatorstour.org.
Foodprints Blooms at Watkins and Peabody
Students at Peabody and Watkins have been growing their appreciation for natural and nutritious foods straight from the garden through the Foodprints program. This program, which began at the Cluster, gives students hands on opportunities to work with fresh vegetables in the garden and the kitchen, and provides them with an opportunity to taste and prepare delicious fresh food. This year, the program will benefit from a generous grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation!
In the first two weeks of the school year, PreK4 students at Peabody harvested cucumbers and cooked pesto for dipping, while Kindergarten students got dirty digging in garden bed looking for common pests and found lost onions. Meanwhile, first graders walked through the new flourishing garden at Watkins observing plants and taking notes in an “I see.. I think.. I wonder..” nature walk.