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Ribbon cutting held at school’s new and improved garden

Students excitedly held the blue ribbon for Friday’s ribbon cutting to show off the fruits of their hard labor.  

Kim Waller wrote a grant for the garden and asked for money to create a garden from the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation.  

Several education foundation board members came out Friday morning for the ribbon cutting including James Edmunds, Tay Bost, Debbie Ferguson, Frank Lee, John Cannon and Kim Farson and enjoyed the morning talking with the children about how their garden grew.  

Halifax County School Board members also came out to show support for the real-life learning project included board members Fay Satterfield, Kim Farson and Dick Stoneman.  

Superintendent Merle Herndon took time from her schedule to support the children in this project.  

The grant was for $235, but that was supplemented by donations from Charles Anderson Lawncare, who donated the use of two workers all day and the use of equipment to help with the landscaping.  

Jerry Epps Landscaping donated river rock for the children to paint for the water garden.  

Mike Waller donated many hours of labor and handiwork by building the greenhouse.  

The most creative work that Waller did was in using his welding skills to create flowers from hubcaps.  The students really enjoyed painting those special flowers.  He also donated the small pond for the gold fish.   

Kim Barnes, a parent of a second grade student, donated a solar rain gauge for the garden so the students could track the rainfall over time.  

There is also a solar fountain in the pond to keep the water circulating.  

It didn’t take the students long to learn about solar power while working in their garden.  

Plans are underway to continue educating children about the love of gardening.  

James Edmunds is donating a Blue Martin bird house, and Mrs. Ferguson is sending a check for the fall planting season.  

Students will chart the growth of their plants and hopefully enjoy the taste of fresh vegetables in the fall.   

The public is invited to stop by the school any day to visit the garden that was created with so much passion by Waller and her second grade students.