Grant helps school garden keep growing

By Nicholas Johnson | May 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Mary Kate Olson Olivia Park Elementary School teacher Mary Kate Olson’s second graders observe strawberry plants and the insects that pollinate them in the school’s garden.

Students at Olivia Park Elementary School can look forward to planting, growing and harvesting strawberries for years to come thanks in part to a $500 donation from the Everett Garden Club.

We were so lucky to receive the grant from the Everett Garden Club,” teacher Mary Kate Olson said. “They have allowed a permanent space for our strawberries, and this is the perfect time of year for us to watch them grow and ripen.”

Nearly 200 students, parents and teachers gathered recently for a family gardening night at the school’s garden, which was launched in 2010. They planted strawberries like they do every year, but this time they were able to use sturdy pots built to last.

“This year, we are in school until June 26, so the students will be able to observe the strawberries grow, link it to science and the study of plants, and then harvest and taste them before school is out,” Olson said.

The money also went toward gloves and other gardening tools, allowing more students to work in the garden at the same time.

“Every year, we have to keep looking for funding sources to keep things up and running, and this was very helpful,” Olson said.

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