Pumpkin Chunkin'


The Student Council invites you to the TPS Garden to smash some pumpkins!  Bring your fall gourds and have fun hammering, tossing, catapulting, or dropping them from great heights – this is a fun way to prepare them for composting! 

Admission is $5 for each child who is participating. Proceeds go to the cost of composting and to help fund future Student Council events. 

Don't Miss the TPS Pumpkin Chunkin’ Event

Join the Student Council on

Saturday, November 5; 1:00-3:00 p.m.

at the TPS Early Childhood Education Center, 2501 South Street

for the 3rd Annual TPS Pumpkin Chunkin'

Friends, family, and neighbors are invited to stop by and BRING their pumpkins to this unique Student Council fundraiser. For a modest donation, you can select the fate of your gourd!

The Student Council has decided that all proceeds will go to the Red Cross
toward hurricane relief efforts in Haiti.

$2.00 = It's Hammer Time!
Pumpkins will be subjected to energetic kids with mallets. All ages can take a swing (or two or three...).

$3.00 = Time for T-Ball
Three strikes and you’re puree! What is your batting average for gourds? Come find out!

$3.00 = Shot Put
Are you as good as the 2016 Olympians?

$5.00 = Pumpkin Meteors
Donate your pumpkin to a gourd-geous display of gravity.
At 1:45 and 2:45 p.m., we will launch all Pumpkin Meteors from the top of the Garage and celebrate their messy demise.

Composting for the event will be provided by Bennett Compost, a local organization that partners with residents and businesses to reduce landfill waste and to promote healthy soil and gardens throughout the city ( 

Student Advocates Win 1st Place!

Yesterday our 8th graders went to the Philadelphia Zoo to learn whether they had won The Albert M. Greenfield UNLESS Contest, an initiative designed inspire actions to impact the future of wildlife. They were among four finalists in the grades 6-8 category, and they came in FIRST!

This year, the contest focused on the impact that paper usage has on climate change and  the decline of red pandas. The goal for competing teams was to encourage a significant decrease in paper use in the community by reducing the amount of junk mail we receive.

Partners with Purpose

Yesterday the Junior Unit hosted students from Wissahickon Charter School-Awbury to brainstorm ways of solving problems with the pond at Awbury Arboretum. Our students were able to share their knowledge on invasive plants with the students from Wissahickon, and in return we gained knowledge on watersheds from them.

By the time Wissahickon students left, there were preliminary plans made about how best to defeat invasive plants, remove trash and pollution, and educate people about the pond and wetlands area. We will be working on these plans over the next few weeks at Awbury.

Every Day is Earth Day

This morning at Encuentro, Kim Martinez, NWF's Regional Education Manager for the Mid Atlantic; Lorna Rosenberg Director of Green Schools EPA Region III, and Ranger Rick visited TPS to present The Compostables with an Eco-Schools Bronze Award! Students earned this award for their achievements on the Waste and Consumption Pathway and the development of the TPS Eco-Code! Next school year, the students will focus on the Energy Pathway, and hope to achieve a Silver Award.   

Our Earth Day Celebration continued throughout the day and culminated with an after-school celebration of Earth Day–related games and crafts, and eco-market with healthy and delicious snacks and drinks, a plant sale, and the sale of student-made wares. 

Day 2: Heritage Farm

By Molly C-U, 7th grade

On our class's second trip to Heritage Farm, we worked on planting.  (If you haven't read about Week 1, here is the link.) Adrian said the last frost had been that past Saturday evening, so that since then they had been frantically planting as many crops as possible.

Our job was to plant several hundred chives, red and green lettuce, and kale.  A few people dug the holes for the plants with a rolling tool that Adrian had created. One group carried plants over from the greenhouse, while another soaked them in nutrient-rich water to make them healthier and then dropped them into the holes. The third group gently split the roots and covered them with dirt. No one was afraid to get their hands dirty, and everyone worked hard. Adrian said that the work that took us three hours would have taken the four of their staff about two days working as hard as they could.

Because we got to eat lunch in the greenhouses again, we also got to see how things had changed from the week before. The crops had grown so much, and we could also see changes in things we didn’t work on, like the fruit trees and other crops.

We look forward to seeing our crops next week!