Mountain gardens survive mischief

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Schools > Grant will provide more shade to playground

By Tris DeRoma

It’s been an up-and-down kind of summer for Mountain Elementary School. School officials learned the student gardens were the target of mischief-makers while at the same time, the school was awarded a grant to help enhance its playground.
The gardens are the source for a number of agricultural projects for the students, while at the same time teaching them responsibility and plant care. The gardens are located between the lower playground and a row of classrooms to the right of the main entrance.
They also used to be decorated with signs from their respective classrooms, birdfeeders and birdbaths. However, while summer brings out the warm breezes and pleasant sunshine, it also has been known to bring out the vandals. Parents walking their children to camp found that out the hard way one day when they discovered that someone had destroyed all of the decorations last month.
Karen Henderson, who has two sons that go to the school, had a large part in creating the gardens. As a member of the Mountain Elementary Parent Teacher Association, she wrote the grants that helped to make the garden possible. When school was in session, she also helped water and weed them as well.

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