Last week, Elbridge Gale Elementary School in Wellington dedicated its newest addition, with a ribbon cutting for its teaching garden, which was privately funded by the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation.
The Oct. 28 dedication ceremony, held under the newly built Native American tiki hut, which serves as an outdoor classroom, included a speech and plaque presentation, as well as singing by the students.
After the presentation, Principal Gail Pasterzyk and Annie Falk, along with teachers and students, gathered at the new raised garden beds, installed in September, to cut the ribbon.
Eager students then dug into the dirt to plant vegetables and herbs such as tomato, lettuce, parsley and basil.
Many of the students belong to the Gardening Gators, the school’s gardening club, where students learn about the life cycle of plants, how to optimize growing, how to fertilize plants and how to best gather crops, all with hands-on experience.
ABOVE: Laura Arena, Ben Scozzaro, Emily Sagovac, Chad Phillips, Gail Pasterczyk, Annie Falk and Tom Wenham with students Matteo Darquea and Nicolas Bolanos.