Park's Jodi Klare and Clark Street Community School's Heather Messer, along with two elementary students, shared their experiences building the pollinator garden at Park at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.
The two students also spoke about some of the activities they did at Park, while Klare explained how the collaboration took place. Messer shared the goals she had for the project, which she felt were met.
"It was very open,'' Klare said. "We all had a say.''
The Education Foundation provided $2,000 to get the project off and running. Klare also was effusive in her praise of Mike Gallagher, the owner of Capitol Sand and Gravel. He donated thousands of dollars worth of materials, supply and time.
"Without Mike, we would not have what we have,'' she said. "I can't thank him enough.''
Klare also spoke about the benefits of outdoor education. Messer shared that CSCS students created lessons about pollinators and how to make those lessons relevant for third-graders. She also was thrilled to hear the high school students discuss what good teaching looks like.
Klare then showed a number of slides showing various stages of the project.
"It's where I love to be as well,'' she said. "Park is the epitome of what outside education can look like. ... It is really gorgeous. I'm so proud of the work everyone who was involved in the project did.''
Gallagher received a pen-and-pencil set and glass coffee mug from Superintendent George Mavroulis as part of the recognition ceremony.