Well, another year has come to a close. Lots accomplished - so many plants planted, so much food harvested, cooked and eaten, and so many wonderful new additions to our garden. Lots of new skills learned and lots of new friends made. Have a safe summer everyone and we'll see you in the fall, with a new "crop" of student gardeners to continue our work of making this Earth a better place, for every living thing!
This week marked the first official performance on our new performance stage, which we constructed this year and funded by a grant from Lowe's Toolbox for Education. Gateway's very own Music Club performed three songs, and then student were treated to the debut performance of the as-yet-unnamed Teacher Band, featuring Mr. Little, Ms. Marx, Ms. Buckley, and Mr. Berthiaume. Live music in the garden, what could be better?!
This year we hosted our neighbors at Creative Arts Elementary School for a day of fun and exploration of nature. 30-40 first graders joined us three times during the school year. They proved to be very insightful nature observers, quick scavenger hunters, enthusiastic dirt-diggers, and fairly safe wagon drivers. Can't wait to have them back next year!
We've always had a goal of creating some beautiful signs to help show what's growing in our garden. This year we finally bought some paint markers and some of our more artistic gardeners took wood scraps to create some stunning signs that we think fit really well in our garden. Check them out!
On Monday April 22 our AP Environmental Science students staged an Earth Day Celebration in our Garden. Many students sponsored a booth where they educated their peers on important environmental issues or showed students how to be more sustainable. Gardening Class held a plant sale, and there was even facepainting! Check out the photos below to see some highlights.
Today was a great day in the Garden, as we put the first plants into our new planter. All the flowers and vegetables we planted we grew on own own from seed. Students studied the concepts of companion planting and designed the plantings themselves. We wish all these plants good luck in their new home!