How can one person help save a planet, and what would that process look like? Students at Palm Crest Elementary School took one step closer to finding their own answers Saturday when they worked with parents and teachers to construct an on-campus garden as part of an Earth Day campus beautification project.
The hope is to create something that allows students to reconnect with the planet, take pride and ownership in their school and to learn lessons through a unique hands-on experience, according to Shelby Grey, first vice president of programs for the Palm Crest PTA and one of the project organizers.
"The focus is really on having the kids be able to plant it and learn about it," Grey said. "It's helpful for kids to see the whole, entire process of that, from conceptualization to harvesting."
Unofficially, the garden has also been a lesson in community collaboration. Interested parents and teachers discussed the project for awhile before launching the effort last spring, according to Grey. They conducted a teacher survey to see how it might best be used, and the PTA budgeted $500 for the project. That amount was matched in a donation from Sprouts Farmers Market, and the LA-based company MiniFarmBox donated half the money needed to pay for three 4-foot-by-8-foot cedar raised beds to house the plants.