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Our Garden History

 

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In 2005 Ms. Bialik, 2nd grade teacher,  received grants and organized volunteers to transform 3  existing raised garden beds from weed ridden to butterfly habitat. Planting host plants and nectar plants in the open, Ms. Bialik believed "If you build it they will come"! When butterflies and caterpillars filled the halls the following summer and fall, the school enthusiastically embraced butterfly mania. Under the direction of Ms. Bialik the school received certification as a Monarch Waystation from monarchwatch.org!   There are many exciting recent changes in our gardens! 
After a teacher workshop and student assembly by Master Gardener Jerry Louis, we now have 8 classrooms that are vermicomposting (with worms). We are learning about decomposition while we make natural organic fertilizer from food scraps.
Eagle Scout, Tim Glaszczak came to McAuliffe with helpers from his troop on a Saturday in March 2010 to build a greenhouse for the propagation of plants which will support the ongoing needs of Monarchs and other Butterflies in our Garden. Tim and his troop also added arbors over the walkways. 
Under the direction of Janet Germain (first grade teacher), Eagle Scout, Greg Wilson a former student at McAuliffe, built 6 redwood planters on the asphalt in front of first grade classrooms for an organic vegetable garden. 
 Under the direction of Ellen Bialik, second grade teacher, 50-60 parents, children and teachers came to school on Saturday, March 13, 2010 to weed and get the butterfly garden ready for planting. 
We always need more volunteers. No experience is necessary. If you would like to be a part of this exciting endeavor as a volunteer or by donating resources, please contact Ms. Bialik at the school:
760-722-8357     ellen.bialik@oside.us