When Mr. Kasharian arrived, we did another walkthrough (to make sure we were all on the same page) and he went to get the Skidder. This awesome machine was terrifyingly large and had pincers on one end and a dirt leveler on the other. Mr. Gesell likened it to the big "AT-ATs" from Star Wars and said that any moment, Ewoks would come screaming from the woods.
Since there was a lot of dead grass and brush, we created a composting pile where students can learn about composting and use the resulting soil to replenish Hilltop's many flower beds. The biggest classroom area (with two logs in an "L") was raked clear of brush and delineated by other logs used to make the area safe. We also ground down some potentially dangerous tree stumps.
An entire team of volunteers was allocated specifically to picking up the copious amounts of litter found in the woods. These were some of our favorite finds:
- Child's shoe from (we guess) around the 1950s
- Headless miniature skeleton
- Glass French "limonade" bottle
- LED light-saber with no blade
- The blade to the LED light-saber
- Baseball base
- Many, many golf balls
Another important thing we did was remove many of the poison ivy vines wrapped securely around some of the trees. These and the pricker bushes pose the biggest threats to student populations, so they have either been trimmed back or destroyed (in the case of the poison ivy).
Toward the end of the day, we focused on cleaning as much of the trail as possible (only the main one) to prepare for the storm tonight. Hope it stays intact!