Juliette Low School has a new Teaching Garden, and it is extraordinary! On May 5, representatives from the American Heart Association, Love Anaheim, UCCE Master Gardeners, Low Garden Committee, and Disney VoluntEARS collaborated with students and teachers to create a garden that will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.
Marci Cox, Garden Champion, and Nora Stewart, representative of the American Heart Association, worked diligently to organize and facilitate a productive garden planting day. All preschool through sixth grade students collaborated with their peers to contribute to the creation of the garden. They built planting boxes; packed the boxes with soil; painted rocks, garden stakes, or trash cans to add flair to the garden; or planted a variety of fruits and vegetables. Preschool and kindergarten students enjoyed hearing stories about the importance of gardens, while first grade students got to hold squiggly worms and learn about composting.
Culminating this invigorating day was a closing ceremony, which was attended by many dignitaries, including Senator Josh Newman; Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva; Rachel Rollicky, representing the office of Congressman Lou Correa; Mayor Pro Tem Vanderbilt; Magnolia School Board of Trustees Members Barbara Quintana, Esther Wallace, and Nathan Zug; and Superintendent Frank Donavan. Sharon Pacheco, sixth grade student, sang “Como La Flor,” after which Principal Von Sprecken was presented with Certificates of Recognition from the United States Congress House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the California Legislature Assembly.
As a result of consistently caring for their garden, Juliette Low students will have the opportunity to grow and harvest vegetables and learn to cook delicious and nutritious meals with them. The Teaching Garden is also a wonderful addition to our School of Arts, as it will serve as a source of inspiration for continued creative endeavors.