The administration and teachers of John Muir held an appreciation lunch for the Sooke Rotary on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Rotary provided support to launch the elementary school’s teaching garden, which went from conception to existence in 2016.
School Principal Tess Vally gave a short presentation.
“The Garden really supplements our curriculum,” Vally said. The benefits to their students included caring for the environment, learning about composting, and connecting with the community. There’s also a component of sustainable living by growing your own food, understanding the plant lifecycle, rewarding effort with results, and responsibility.
This year, the garden will have beans, tomatoes, greens, strawberries and blueberries, to name just a few.
So far, it has taken a village to create this garden: the village collectively known as Sooke. Over 1,580 volunteer hours have been logged and 19 donors have contributed a wide range of materials, from soil and lumber to irrigation and gravel.
John Muir families have themselves raised approximately $4,000 through varied fundraising efforts.
John Muir has a Garden Committee with goals and a long-term vision, hoping to impact many students, both today and those yet to grace their hallways. And, of course, their garden.