All Hail to Putnam!

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member Nicole Poletto.  Photos by Jocelyn Mcintire.

Rex Putnam HS @ Boardman Wetlands on 2.25.2013

It was a beautiful sunny day out at Boardman…oh wait. Nevermind!  Unfortunately as soon as Putnam students came out to Boardman, the sun disappeared and it began to hail – great timing!  The students were still dedicated to learning about Ethnobotany (the study of the native and cultural uses of our native plants) for all the plants that we would be planting that day.  For example, they learned that Spirea one of our beloved native plants, is anti-inflammatory.  It is a main ingredient in Aspirin and is actually what the “Spir” in Asprin comes from!

Once the students were brimming with knowledge about our native plants, they couldn’t wait to begin planting!  Luckily the hail stopped and the sun began to peek through the clouds.  The students were planting plants at rapid speed and doing a great job!  Towards the end of class we began to dig out more Blackberry roots to clear even MORE area for us to plant!

What other school could power through the hail and STILL plant 71 plants AND dig a ton of Blackberry roots?  All Hail to Putnam! (no pun intended…)


SOLVE’s Annual Women in Science day will be held at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale on March 23rd from 9-1.  Girls – Are you interested in exploring a career in science? Come chat with mentors currently in the science field over breakfast!  In the afternoon we will be planting trees up the road at Beaver Creek!  Register online at :  See you there!

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