Euchee Creek Elementary has adopted the motto “Have a dream, make a plan, do the work” this year and that’s what students, parents and staff have done in the garden area of the school.
The school will celebrate the completion of the garden in a dedication ceremony on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
“The learning garden began as a dream for students, parents and teachers to have a location outside for small-group instruction, conferencing and free reading,” said teacher Jackie Alicea.
Alicea, Media Specialist Trina Finley and Media Clerk Jana Williams developed a plan for the project and Alicea wrote a grant to support it. She even included pupils in the process, allowing them to participate in plant study and care through the new Schoolwide Enrichment Model.
“Our goal is for every student to have an opportunity to participate in the learning environment of the garden,” said Alicea.
The school’s new learning garden has been supported by a grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program. The grant totaled more than $8,000. The Lowe’s program aims to get parents involved in their child’s education and provide grants to parental groups to help improve their child’s school.
According to Alicea, the Evans Lowe’s store also supplied guidance, materials, plants and volunteers in assisting with the garden project.
“Receiving the grant, the work began,” said Alicea. “Students, parents and teachers worked over the summer constructing the learning garden.”
Harlem High School senior Jacob Williams constructed a greenhouse, which he developed his senior project around.
“This has truly been a community effort as parents, family and friends, and local businesses have donated their time and materials to support the ECE learning garden,” said Alicea. “ECE had a dream, made a plan and did the work to provide greater learning opportunities for our students.”