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September 11, 2012 > Snow Elementary School garden project

Snow Elementary School garden project

Submitted By Marla Blowers, Newark Optimist Club

On a cloudy Saturday morning, eight Newark Optimist members, six Home of Christ Church members, Snow Elementary School Principal Robin Sehrt, and some of the school's parents gathered up their gardening tools and worked to refurbish the school garden. The garden had not been used in three years and was overgrown with weeds and crab grass.

Newark Optimist Marla Blowers organized the project in the spring. Waste Management EarthCare granted a donation of seven cubic yards of compost and the club paid the delivery fee. Waste Management donated a 14 cubic foot green waste dumpster. As Blowers worked with the school, the project started gaining momentum. School parent Ruby Mc Grath, also a member of Home of Christ Church, drew into the community service project, Pastor Dean Chao and congregants, including children.

The lead garden teacher at Snow is teacher Carole Prior, who has worked with the garden since its inception. With several raised planter boxes, there is plenty of room for students to experience the joy of planting seeds, caring for them, and reaping the harvest. There is also an area of the garden given over to fruit trees, a hay bale circle for teaching, a pond, and native plants. Prior hopes that one day the area will serve as a demonstration garden for the community, as well as the school.

The sun came out mid morning and the volunteers were very grateful for the Newark breeze. As they worked together for the good of Snow Elementary, the volunteers pulled weeds, pruned trees and bushes, watched as the dumpster filled, and laughed together. It was a great community effort for the good of the children.

Big thanks go out to all who participated, as well as to Waste Management. It was a very good day in Newark!

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