The first 60th Anniversary GISW Day of Community Service - "Reclaiming Our Forests" was held on Sunday Nov. 7th, with about 30 parents, teachers, staff, and students attending. The goal was to remove invasive vines and grasses from an area of our forest conservation easements behind the elementary school. The nice weather combined with the “can do” attitude of the participants, meant we exceeded our expectations by cutting and removing vines to expose our beautiful underlying evergreens, protecting our cedar trees, and mulching large areas where invasive grasses were growing in preparation for new spring plantings. The SEBR provided much appreciated refreshments. We thank everyone who contributed towards making this event such a wonderful experience of people coming together to accomplish the common goal of improving our school. Special thanks go out to Rick Everett, who proposed the idea and served as our project lead. Future GISW Day of Community Service projects currently being planned include "Supporting Local Afghan Refugees" (January) and "Planting a Pollinator Garden at the Elementary School" (February). We hope you will join us!