As I walk through the concrete schoolyard, the cold ignores my jacket. I stop in the middle of the yard as if I forgot something. I could feel my heart beat faster and faster. When I was told I had to invite ten kids to help with our front garden redesign I was thinking, what if no one wanted to do it? Would it be awkward to ask someone to do gardening at PS 8? Not many kids knew about the project. I took a few paces forward. Then I finally got myself to say “Hi, would you like to do some gardening work tomorrow?”
The front garden redesign is a major project that the Garden Committee has been tackling. We saw the outdoor space to the left of the main entrance to school and thought about turning that into an outdoor classroom. With help from an expert from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and PS 8 students and parents, we were able to transform this fenced in garden into an outdoor learning environment.
I gathered 10 to 15 kids to help out who were interested. The first day we pulled out all the existing weeds and to make room for the new plants. The second time, we did planting. A lot of the same kids were interested in helping again the second time, so it was fun for all of us to see the garden change so rapidly. If you are a student or adult interested joining the garden committee and helping out, please let us know.
By Ian M., Class 5-314
Want to see even more photos of our October 27th Planting Day? Check them out on our Facebook page! And, if you want to join our efforts, email us or come to our next Garden Committee meeting on December 5th, in lower school room 305, 7:45-8:15am.