Mary Forbes, director of the Potato House, thanks Cataline elementary school students Edward Schiller, Daphne Phaneuf, Courtney and Leigha Meade and teacher Trish Fushtey for creating new signs for garden boxes which they delivered and installed on Thursday, Aug. 1. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

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Catline elementary school students share artistry skills for garden boxes

Cataline Elementary School teacher Trish Fushtey and four of her students delivered some hand-painted signs to the Potato House they made for garden boxes.

“They painted them the day before school ended,” Fushtey said as the students took turns pounding the signs in place.

Jenn Brown, one of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) members, said they approached Mary Forbes, director of the Potato House, asking if they could rent some garden boxes.

“Whitney Spearing is a member of our PAC and approached the PAC and said she thought we should find a way to work with the Potato House,” Brown said.

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“Mrs. Fushtey’s class had been to the Potato House three times in the school year and we started to wonder how many other classes had been.”

When they talked to some other teachers and found out they’d all been to the Potato House they were then inspired to choose four beds in the garden at the Potato House and sponsor them for $500.

Brown is also a member of the District PAC and said at one of the meetings they talked to some of the other PACs about considering sponsoring boxes, too.

“We thought if the Potato House is doing all this for our school there has got to be other schools that are utilizing the Potato House so we challenged other PACs to do the same.”

Brown said they approached Fushtey’s class to paint the signs and that they thought the students had done a great job.

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