St. Mary’s College (SMC) students accepted a grant from Toyota/Evergreen today, which will fund upgrades to their volunteer-initiated garden.
The idea for the school garden sprouted to meet curriculum for Grade 10 and 11 Advanced Placement biology students, while at the same time nurturing an attitude of sustainability and giving.
Together with community partners including, Lemieux Composting and Clean North, SMC woodworking students built ten raised garden beds to plant vegetables, herbs and fruit. The students worked diligently to plant, weed, and harvest throughout the school year and during the summer.
Last year, produce from the garden that was harvested throughout the summer was delivered to the Soup Kitchen Community Centre and St. Vincent de Paul Place by students, teachers and other volunteers.
“It has been a rewarding learning experience for the students and our hope is that the project will continue to grow over the next few years,” said St. Mary’s College Science Teacher, Nancy O’Donnell.
Mario Palumbo, Dealer Principal of Northside Toyota, was on hand to present a cheque for $1,800 from Toyota/Evergreen. The funds will be used to add a pergola for some much needed shade to the garden area, as well as benches and seating for students to relax in an outdoor green space.
“We appreciate the support of Toyota/Evergreen in this group effort to affect change. These funds will enhance this outdoor learning space for all of our students,” said SMC Principal, Cindy Sawyer.
As we go deeper into spring and the temperatures increase, so too does the enthusiasm of SMC students to get planting and see the fruits of their efforts benefit those in need.