Gardens in schools can be used for many purposes. For some, the school garden is an outlet for creative learning strategies. It might be a source of food for students or families in the neighborhood. It’s often a place for exploring, eating, events, and community building.
On Friday, the Moulton Elementary School Garden was a place of peace. It was a place of rest, respect, and honor. Each student in Ms. Bartell’s first grade class and Mrs. Pierce’s fifth grade class painted a rock in honor of a Moulton student that passed away this year. On his birthday, teachers, the principal, friends, family, and his fellow students dedicated a new space in the garden that will be a rock and flower memorial for our dear friend, Allen. He was remembered with kind words, funny stories, tears, and a community of people helping to make his memory last- in our school garden.
As the school’s FoodCorps service member, I was a bystander for this event. I didn’t know Allen well, but I was so humbled to see Moulton’s garden be used for such an honorable purpose. Our school community has been unified behind the seeds planted and food grown in our garden, but now we have chosen respect, love, peace and honor to be things that we stand for together in this garden as well. We miss Allen dearly, but his memory will continue on in this space with the rocks and flowers that will be smiling at us in the garden’s corner.
What does your school garden stand for?