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Posted February 18, 2019
Students and community members wanting to experience the gardens in the Plymouth School District now have access to tools on site and a garden coordinator to guide them.
The district has long recognized the value of garden classrooms, with Horizon Elementary establishing its Golden Garden in 2009 and other schools adding raised beds and other growing plots in subsequent years.
In addition to a garden at every school, Community Education & Recreation employs a part-time garden coordinator, Laura Grunwald, a local organic orchardist and master composter. She helps teachers, students and community members enjoy the gardens year round.
Those efforts have gotten a big boost from new garden houses stocked with gardening and scientific tools available to classes and volunteers.
The garden houses were built by PHS students in the Building Construction class taught by PHS technology education teacher Beau Biller. The Plymouth Rotary Club – which provided a large grant to build raised beds for the original Horizon garden – donated about $2,550 for the materials.
The houses are stocked with wheelbarrows, long- and short-handled digging and tilling tools, tomato cages, hoses, sprinklers, and compost bins. Ms. Grunwald supplemented prior donations with a $2,500 grant from the Plymouth Education Foundation to bring each site to the same level of readiness.
The elementary schools also have food-prep kits, stocked with the basics needed to bring food from the garden to the table, such as veggie scrubbers, mixing bowls and measuring cups.
In the spring, the garden houses also will get rain gauges, native pollinator boxes, rain gutters, and rain barrels.
“These additions provide greater opportunities for teachers to take their students to the outside learning space for other science-related experiments, such as those related to weather,” Ms. Grunwald said.
Community members also will benefit. Community Ed & Rec will offer a community gardening class throughout the summer where all ages can garden together at all of the school gardens. “People will get the chance to learn, tend and harvest together,” she said.
Developing green thumbs is just one of many ways in which the Plymouth School District emphasizes and enhances the health and well-being of our students, staff and community.
Other highlights of our wellness initiatives include:
• Garden classroom at every school
• Food Service ingredients grown on site and purchased locally
• Wellness director within Community Ed & Rec dedicated to providing a variety of nutrition and fitness opportunities for all ages
• Visit Our Values page to learn more about our emphasis on Comprehensive Education, Innovation & Collaboration, Extracurriculars, and Wellness.
• Read an article about the new PHS Cupcake Challenge and other examples of our Collaboration & Innovation.
• Read an article about the high-tech machines recently added to the LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, part of Plymouth High School’s commitment to Comprehensive Education.
Families exploring their options through open enrollment are encouraged to consider the Plymouth School District, which is just the right size to offer personal attention along with a wealth of opportunities. Our mission is to encourage everyone to see and be his/her personal best through successful learning experiences. Become your best!
Wisconsin's inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents of children in kindergarten through 12th grade to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they reside. There is no tuition cost to parents who opt for open enrollment, though families may be charged the same fees as resident students. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.
The enrollment period in 2019 is from Monday, Feb. 4 to Tuesday, April 30. The state encourages online applications at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. Paper applications, available in the Plymouth School District office, must be returned to the office by April 30.
• Visit our Why Plymouth? section to further explore what the Plymouth School District offers.
• Explore our interactive District Report Card to see how an exciting mix of academics, extracurriculars, and other enriching experiences allow our students to thrive.
• Contact the district office at (920) 892-2661 to schedule a visit.
• Visit the state’s open enrollment web site at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.