-- Washington Capitals
defenseman Jeff Schultz
will join nearly 50 Caps fans and 20 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff members and volunteers to build a habitat garden at Powell Elementary School on Thursday, June 9 at 9 a.m. This garden is part of the USDA's People's Garden initiative and the Capitals and USDA have been working with the staff and students at Powell Elementary School on making it a reality since February. The Capitals adopted Powell Elementary School, a largely minority D.C. Public School for preschoolers through fourth graders, during the 2010-11 season and have visited the school with staff and players on numerous occasions.
With the help of the USDA and Caps volunteers, Schultz and mascot Slapshot will help transform the grassy area on the Powell playground into a habitat garden and outdoor learning area. The project involves building a path, planting plants and flowers and installing bird feeders, a bird bath, a bat house, a tool shed and benches. The garden will include a picnic area, outdoor classroom, hummingbird garden, bird habitat, monarch watch garden and native bee garden. Throughout the course of the day, students will help volunteers on the project.