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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2014

New garden addition being planted at Lincoln

By Xiomara Levsen | Aug 01, 2014

Lincoln Elementary School will have a new garden addition when students return this fall.
A perennial garden on the north and south sides of the main entrance will be installed next Tuesday, said Lincoln Elementary Parent-Teacher Group president Mindi Rees.
“We will be planting on both sides of the door—about 1,500 square feet,” she said. “We’ll have the plants staggered heightwise, and they’ll be easier to take care of.”
Some of the perennials that will be planted next Tuesday include lilies and black-eyed susans, Rees said.
“We also reached out to the community for donations,” Rees said. “We have four or five people who have donated plants, which makes it more of a community event. They can walk to Lincoln and see their plants they donated.”
Another way for the community to help participate is with the planting on Tuesday, Rees said.
“We’ll begin at 9 a.m. and go until it’s finished,” she said. “We need people to come out and help plant, and there will be some edging done, too. They can bring their tools, like shovels, trowels, and spades. People can bring their kids and friends. We would love to have students involved so they can take some ownership in the project.”
The idea for a perennial garden near the main entrance came after some trees had to be removed because they were blocking the view of the video cameras from the front of the school, said Lincoln Elementary School Principal Dave Hoffman.
“We took those down, and that left the front of the school bare,” Hoffman said. “I kept thinking, ‘How can we make the school more welcoming?’”
Hoffman spoke to Rees about the need for a new look for the entrance. Rees then began to search the Internet for grant applications and found the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education project. She brought the idea to Hoffman and they submitted the application. In May Rees received an e-mail from Lowe’s letting her know they were awarded $4,125.
“I got the e-mail on May 8,” Rees said. “I didn’t really expect to get it because they give money to hundreds of schools.”
The perennial garden will help Lincoln Elementary School look more like the other schools, because instead of having the entrance bare there will be landscaping there now, Rees said.
“This is a great way to start off the year,” she said. “I’m very excited but a little nervous. We’ll be bringing in some expertise to help us plant.”

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