Rotary Club Beautifies Elementary School
Rotary Club of Huntersville Happy Hour
Gardening beds have been created with plans to add a walkway, pollinator garden and more at Grand Oak Elementary. The idea for the garden came from Debra Carr, a second grade teacher at the school. She has taught at Grand Oak since it opened, and the garden has been something she has always wanted to create. She wants the garden to become an educational space for students where they can have lessons outside and learn about different plants. With the help of a district grant from the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary, the first stage of the garden has begun.
Several beds have been created where vegetables and pollinator plants will be planted. On Saturday, Sept. 24, volunteers from the school, members of the Rotary Club, master gardeners and high school students worked to help put together the gardening beds. Debbie Jackson, president of the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary, said “Our Rotary Club often works to help youth, and our volunteers heard about the garden project from a Rotarian whose child attended the school.
After meeting with Carr, our group became even more interested in helping. The club committed $2,000 to assist with building the garden.” Jackson expects the garden will be an ongoing project that the Happy Hour Rotary Club will continue to support. To her, “the garden will not only be helpful in teaching children about plants and gardening but also in perhaps creating future farmers.”