We are looking for Lafayette families to volunteer over the summer to help take care of our much loved #lafayettegardenprogram. Plants need to be watered, weeded need to be plucked so that we can continue to enjoy the garden space. As you water and maintain the garden feel free to harvest, explore, and enjoy the space. It is the school community’s space!
The week that you sign up to water you will be responsible for watering the top kindergarten space once a day if hot (every other day if cool). You can pick up the keys on Saturday evening and you and your family can maintain the garden Sunday through Saturday morning, then just drop them off and the next family will take over. Many hands make light work, thank you for participating! Got any questions – feel free to email Alden Alvarado.
Sign up to volunteer here!
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What is Juneteenth? It is a celebration of the day enslaved Texans learned they were free. We all learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln in 1863, which announced that enslaved people in the United States were free. But it actually took two years, until June 19, 1865, for this news to arrive in Galveston, Texas, where the Union Army issued an order proclaiming freedom for enslaved people there. Also, the Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to Union states, so it actually did not end slavery in the United States. The 13th Amendment, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, officially abolished slavery.
The word “Juneteenth” comes from a blending of the date, June and 19th. Traditional celebrations have included barbecues and red foods and drinks, such as strawberry soda. This holiday is important to many people, and for whom it is considered the second or real Independence Day. For a family-friendly explanation of why this holiday is so important to recognize, watch this BrainPOP video.
Today, Juneteenth is getting more well-known around the country; 47 states celebrate it as a holiday. Starting in 2022, it will be a holiday for state workers in Washington. Companies such as the NFL, Google, and Nike are closing their offices to honor the day. However it still is not a national holiday. There is a push to make it so, since the history of slavery and freedom for Black people is part of U.S. history.
Sign this petition to help make Juneteenth a national holiday.