It’s not a secret that education is suffering huge amounts of financial losses from California’s budget cuts. Hearing pleas of help from School leaders to have more parents get involved has become even louder, especially for assistance in funding. One of the projects that had got cut from my stepdaughter’s school was the horticulture classes, which pretty much every classroom got to enjoy. I had noticed the garden plots on the school grounds were full of weeds, and had not been cleaned up in some time. There was no more garden instructor, apparently she had been lost her job due to the financial losses.
This is one small aspect of education, but one I thought was necessary to help revive. Karen Glynn had shared this sentiment. Unfortunately, I could not make the first PTSA meeting this year for the school, however Karen did.
Tracey Campos, the president of the PTSA, had told me of the amount of interest to get this garden program off the ground again, and Karen began to make calls to get people involved. A pretty good amount of helpers had signed up to give us a hand to clear this lot. Unfortunately, not many people could make it this past Saturday morning at 7AM. So we were left with 4 parents, and one hard working 8th grader. We cleaned it up rather quickly given the state that the garden was in. There was one other parent and his son that was able to make it as we were nearing cleaning up our mess, and lent a hand in the final cleaning.
We are now hoping to get some of the local businesses involved with possibly soil, seeds, and plants to hopefully keep this program going. Horticulture, and outdoor learning, I feel is a necessary component in education. Not only learning, and helping to curtail life, that helps sustains life, but also being able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
My hope is to have this sort of program also spread to other schools. An idea that I had was to get enough schools involved, and enough kids enjoying this exercise, and maybe even growing a good amount of produce products that could then benefit the local homeless shelters. These shelters do get a good amount of can food products, etc, however, having fresh food to enjoy has a good idea to help their improvement of health and welfare as well.
Below are some ‘before’ and ‘after ‘ photos. Congrats to all who helped in this, and hopefully these types of parental involvement will spread further, and create more gardens that can benefit all of our surrounding communities.