Grant Helps Equestrian Trails Aftercare Students

In September, the Wellington Garden Club received a grant from Pratt & Whitney for the express purpose of aiding Equestrian Trails Elementary School in its quest for recognition as a Green School of Excellence in 2015.

The Green School program, which is conducted by FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, recognizes public and private schools that encourage cultures of sustainability within their school communities.

The Green Team at the school requested support and guidance from Wellington Garden Club members to initiate a vegetable garden for the after school students.

Members of the “Master Planters” junior garden club, made up of third, fourth and fifth grade students, recently filled grow bags with a mixture of compost, perlite and peat moss, then chose a variety of seeds to plant in their grow bags, including carrots, radishes, green beans, peas, corn, spinach, tomatoes, beets and lettuce.

ABOVE: Equestrian Trails “Master Planters” Emileen Hamze, Blaise Dimke, Ryan Dalton, Eric Zhu and Lenin Hernandez work in the garden.