Garden & Environmental Awareness CommitteePinehurst Elementary School's Garden Plan
Last year, the parents and teachers of Pinehurst Elementary School worked together to begin transforming the unused space in front of the school into a garden for the children.
The anchor of the garden is our FirstSchool Garden. In this teaching garden focused on healthy eating, school classes are given the opportunity to rotate through the garden with master gardeners once a week.
The FirstSchool Garden is an incredible opportunity for the children to develop an appreciation for the outdoors and to learn about how food is grown.
To learn more about this amazing program, visit the Communities In Schools (CIS) website at www.firstschoolgarden.org. Donations to support this important program are welcome.
The Garden Committee this year will focus on helping the Master Gardeners. There is still much work to be done. They need funds to purchase a tool shed, compost bins, and new plants. They also need more parent volunteers.
Anyone interested in helping out is welcome! You do not have to be an experienced gardener to volunteer.
We are working on creating a fixed schedule for the classes to visit the garden so parents can schedule their volunteering to coincide with their child's class visit.
We also are going to work with CIS to create self-guided class activities for each grade to use in the garden.
We are also working on our Master Plan. We have applied for and received numerous grants to improve the school grounds. Over the next month we will be removing the asphalt between the two drop-off lines and extending the garden path.
In the future, we hope to create an outdoor classroom area for teachers and students. This will require the purchase of tables and landscaping materials.
Feel free to contact the Garden & Environmental Awareness Committee any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.