Keenan Mitchell waters the Marie Sharpe Elementary School garden.

Keenan Mitchell waters the Marie Sharpe Elementary School garden.

Marie Sharpe grows with nature

Marie Sharpe Elementary has a garden of 10 raised beds in front of the school.

  • Jun. 23, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Marie Sharpe Elementary has a garden of  10 raised beds in front of the school thanks to funds raised by the school Parent Advisory Council, says principal Calvin Dubray.

“We had volunteers Steven Kalenjuk and Willie Dubray put the planter boxes together and our fantastic SD 27 grounds crew led by Shane Mennie put in top soil and prepared the flower beds,” Dubray says.

The Horsefly Nursery donated flowers and Ms. Okrainetz’s class and Mrs. Reedman’s group are care-taking the garden, he notes.

“We have parents from the school who have volunteered a week of their time throughout the summer to care-take and water our garden,” Dubray said. “The hope is that we will have produce to pick in the fall during a community school harvest for our Friendship Soup Day in September.”

He says the purpose of the garden is to show students the food cycle from planting to harvest and have them source out their own food.

“This fits nicely into our outdoor learning initiatives and the recent announcement of our three-year, Wild School B.C. grant that will start next fall.