Monday, April 16, 2012

Thank you, Sloat Garden Center!

In November, Ms. Jung's third graders made cards for the staff at Sloat Garden Center on Pierce Street to thank them for their help with our garden.

The store manager, Morris Jackson, offered our school a discount on our purchases. This meant that our grant money stretched further than we originally expected. Morris and his staff also gave us much advice and helped us make decisions about what would be appropriate to plant in our garden, and when and how to do it. Most of our garden volunteers and classroom teachers are novice gardeners, so Sloat's help gave a significant boost to the knowledge, skills, and confidence of our team.

I hand-delivered these cards myself, along with a large card made by Ms. Hong's second graders. Morris was very grateful for the drawings and the messages written by all the children. (He particularly appreciated reading that he is "brave, nice and smart!")

I apologize that I didn't write down the names of the students who drew the pictures before delivering the cards, so the pictures aren't credited. Thank you to all of Ms. Jung's students for the lovely cards they made!

Thank you, Lowe's!

In October, Ms. Au-Yeung's third graders wrote letters to Lowe's Toolbox for Education to thank them for granting JYC $7000 to start our school garden.

All of the letters were heart-felt and all of the pictures were lovely. Here are a few excerpts to represent the class (and the school).

Kevin said, "Giving our school garden supplies is like Thanksgiving or Christmas in the middle of October."

Majella wrote, "I had so much fun that I wish I had a do over button."

From Isa:

Drawn by Jasmine:

Written by Benjamin:

Drawn by Benjamin:

From Julia:

Drawn by Kevin:

Written by Ivan:

Drawn by Ivan:

From Anita:

Written by Laura:

Drawn by Laura:

Written by Holly:

Drawn by Holly:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lemons and Carrots

The Garden Club had an important task in December. We planted a dwarf Meyer lemon tree. It may be a few years before it bears fruit, but we will nurture it until it does!

Making room for the tree

Our lemon tree in its new home

We also harvested more carrots. The students were amazed at how big the carrots grew and how delicious they were.