The Garden Club at DelSesto Middle School was awarded an America the Beautiful grant to plant a grove of trees behind the school to create an outdoor learning space.
With the assistance of City Forester Doug Still, DelSesto teachers DeWolf Fulton and Elizabeth Coco applied for and secured the $1,500 grant through the State Department of Environmental Management.
The planting, shaped in a semi-circle to provide shade for a common learning space, includes a total of ten trees: silver maples, cranberries, oaks and a willow tree. Students will water and care for the trees as they develop over time.
“This is a great way to teach students to be responsible for growing things,” Fulton said. “They really enjoy digging in the dirt and spraying the hose.”
This year the Garden Club also worked with Still to plant a Tribute Tree in front of the school in memory of fellow teacher Bill Glad. Glad’s colleagues donated funds for the tree as well as a granite marker and two outdoor benches for students to sit near the Tribute Tree.
The Garden Club also operates a hydroponic growing system they were awarded from Acopia Harvest, which flourishes inside Coco’s classroom. Members also tend plants in a number of classrooms and they plant other flowers around the building.