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Earth Day At Skyline


Alan MarcusAlan MarcusAlthough Alan Marcus may not be the most famous member of Skyline High School’s storied class of 1974, cialis principal Beverly Hansen considers him to be a local hero.  

Mr. Marcus serves as the chair of Skyline’s PTSA Beautification Committee, and and was the primary organizer of this year’s Earth Day events on campus.  On Saturday, pharm April 24th, over 100 student, parent and teacher volunteers joined Marcus on campus to clean hill sides, spread mulch, establish a native plant garden, paint over graffiti, remove invasive species and more.  “The campus used to have a full time gardener,” Marcus explains, “but with budget cuts we now share a gardener with 17 other campuses.  We have to take care of Skyline’s 42 acres ourselves.”  For the last 10 years, Mr. Marcus has helped to organize campus beautification events at least twice per year.  “I love this campus.  I will always be a Titan,” Marcus adds.

“Alan Marcus is my local hero,” explains Principal Hansen, “He is a great example of a former student reinvesting in his community.  He has always been a member of the Skyline community and serves as a great inspiration for hundreds of students each year as he provides them with opportunities to be engaged members of the community as well.”  

Skyline’s campus beautification efforts included a number of innovative waste reduction strategies.

  • Students planted native plants to reduce green waste production and water use
  • Parent volunteers, staff and students mulched planter strips to discourage invasive plants and reduce water use
  • Green waste was collected for diversion to composting
  • Scores of flowering bulbs were carefully removed during the establishment of the native plant garden and replanted in other areas of the campus
  • The Beautification Committee took advantage of the City of Oakland’s tool library to borrow, rather than purchase tools for the events.
  • Sacrificial paint coatings were applied to campus murals to reduce repainting due to graffiti
  • Native plants were donated by the local Friends of Sausal Creek organization.  

Science department chair, Tracy Ostrom, viewed the event as a great opportunity for students to apply what they had been learning in Environmental Science classes throughout the year.  “Earlier this year, our students participated in a native plant restoration project on Sausal Creek… students are taking that experience and transferring it to Skyline as they design and plant a native plant garden outside the library.”   

Ostrom then introduced one of her former students, now studying Biology at UC Davis.  “I was just driving by the school today since I was home visiting my parents this weekend.  I saw people working on campus and jumped right in.  I’ll always be a Titan!”  Alan Marcus would be proud indeed.