STEM Gardens Galore - thanks to our staff, HOME team volunteers, students and donors
Ascension has some new student gardens! These gardens and their upkeep support more STEM learning in our students. Thanks to HOME team members, teachers, staff, our amazing students and also to some donors. We are grateful.
The Ascension School Green Club was gifted with 55 pots of yellow pansies, plus clay pots, from Empowering Gardens, 7730 W. Madison in Forest Park which is run by Ascension alum Dick Biggins (’64). Please support them since their ministry is giving work opportunities to the disabled. The pansies were then given to the elderly, the sick, and some other wonderful people which support Ascension School’s mission of service.
David Murphy of the Deep Roots Project gave us a grant of a raised veggie bed for our students, funded by the Big Ideas Project. Thanks! Currently we have 4th and 5th graders involved with their dynamic teachers and STEM learning. The students had a contest to design a veggie bed. Check out the gorgeous cedar veggie bed on the Parish Green. When students connect with soil, veggies, herbs and learn about their growth cycle as well as experiencing fresh, nutrient-dense foods, their mind-body-spirit health and wisdom are supported.
We now have a Mary Native Garden at the school (just south of exit 10) which will be managed by our school Green Club. Besides our native plants from Wild Ones, we received some annuals donated from the Oak Park Conservatory.
Thanks to all for amazing team work, support and vision. Laudato si’!