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SOIL UNIT

THE WEEKLY WORM

V O LU M E 1 , I SS U E 1 KIAH BAILEY HAYDEN

I N S ID E T H I S I S S U E :

ORGANISM OF THE YEAR (4)

5 POEMS CONT.

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HISTORY OF ARLIGTON GARDENS

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PHOTO MONTAGE

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EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK

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EDITORIAL LETTERS

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LETTERS CONT.

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PROPAGANDA POSTERS JOKES

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SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: Get active! Go explore soil for yourself! Play with the worms and sing with the birds. It’s never to late to have some fun.

LETTERS FROM OUR EDITORS (11-13) Our very own editors have written to you, our readers. Their exclusive stories capture their experiences with soil, plants, and, yes, worms. Venture to page nine to explore their feelings about life and raw organic matter.

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt


ORGANISM OF THE YEAR

THE EARTHWORM

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-Hayden


P O EM S

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H I S TO RY O F A R L I N G TO N G A R D E N

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History Of Arlington Garden On 275 Arlington Drive, there once stood one of the most beautiful houses in Pasadena. In April of 1902, John Durand bought 10 acres of this property known as "Arlington Heights." Soon after this, Arlington Drive extended 1,012 feet from South Orange Grove to Pasadena Avenue. After the house had been removed, a group of woman set out to build architect F.L. Roehrig's reconstruction of a chateau in France. Almost every piece of wood in the home was hand carved, and the finished interiors of oak, walnut and mahogany were complemented with the "dull glitter of gold. Building the house took almost three years. Almost every piece of wood in the home was hand carved, and the finished interiors of oak, walnut and mahogany were complemented with the "dull glitter of gold." With 17,000 square feet of floor space, the home was said to be the largest in Southern California. They had a setback of more than 600 feet to build a beautiful landscape on. They hired landscape architects to create a "tropical paradise" in front of the mansion with hundreds of different plants. The property remained with the family until John M. Durand III died in 1960. Almost a decade after the house was completed in 1905, gardens are again being planted on the remaining three acres of the original site. (Hayden)

PHOTO MONTAGE (RIGHT) I created this photo montage to display the positive aspects of working together in nature. In the background, there are people working together at Arlington gardens, but the photos are in black and white, so they don’t stand out as much as the foreground. The foreground is in red– tinged color to let it stand out from the back. The front photos are people smiling and being together. I wanted to depict the happy facets of the wonderful world of working with one another, to become singular with the Earth. (Bailey)


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E X C L U S I V E A RT W O R K

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“Blossoming Love” by Kiah “Blossoming Love” is a digital painting about a flower and the soil in a happy relationship with each other. This painting is meant to show that relationships don’t just have to be between humans and that love is a language any organism can speak.


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Dear Reader, Hello everyone! My name is Hayden Welsh and I am a student at Westridge School for girls in Pasadena. During this past two weeks at Westridge, we have been working on a unit called the soil unit. At the beginning of the year we did a unit like this, but instead it was all about water and how most people in Africa get water and how most of the time there is lots of bacteria living inside of that water. During this past two weeks, we have learned so much about soil. We've done everything from exploring the Arlington garden to driving up to the mountains to pick hundreds of mustard flowers. On day one, they introduced the soil unit! Then, we all walked to Arlington, which is only two streets away from our school! At the Arlington garden, I learned what a Labyrinth was. A Labyrinth is basically a large maze you can walk through for peace or to relieve stress. One challenge that I had encountered at the Arlington was that there was so much mud everywhere and I had worn ballet flats that day, so I had to avoid the mud as best as I could. Something that surprised me was that I never knew what the Arlington garden was, even though I drove past it every day, so it was surprising to me that it was right there. On day two of the soil unit, we learned about victory gardens, we did some soil related math equations, and they introduced the "soil organisms of the day" magazine to us! That day I learned how to do a Fibonacci square in math and I learned what a victory garden was. On day three, we worked on "community gardens" and "dirt demystified." Day four was probably my favorite day because we got to travel to Rubio canyon in the mountains to pick weeds (I know that doesn't sound fun, but trust me, it was!)! We got to climb the mountain in search for the thousands and thousands of mustard flowers, and we had to yank them out of the ground. It was so cool because at the end of the trip, we had collected hundreds of flowers! On day five of this unit, we got to make our own propaganda posters to enforce going organic and eating healthy. This was so fun because we got to get really creative! Our posters said "lettuce bee happy" and "#growlo- go right on with living organic." Day six, we had professional gardeners come and teach us how to improve our Westridge community. We worked on the Westridge rain gardens, worm bins, trees, and even made our own seed balls! These last two weeks have been so much fun for me and I really hope you all enjoyed our magazine! Your Editor, Hayden


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P R O PA G A N D A P O S T E R S

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For our posters, we wanted to enhance the idea of organic living and eating healthy, locally grown food. The first poster focusses on the social aspects of our society and incorporating it into a similar idea. “#GROWLO” is a spin-off of “#YOLO” which was trending on the internet. The second focuses more on the simple facets of living organic. It takes on a pun of “Let’s be healthy” by switching the words with natural things like “lettuce” and “bees”.


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JOKES

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Q: What did the soil do after school? A: It had a claydate.

Q: Why was the humus upset? A: Because everyone treated him like dirt.


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Q: What do rocks say when they agree with one another? A: My sediments exactly.

Q: What was the soil’s favorite dance move? A: The worm.


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