East Jordan students unveil the ‘Seed to Salad’ garden project on Earth Day

EAST JORDAN — East Jordan High School students on Friday marked the completion of a $75,000 fundraising initiative to enhance the elementary school’s gardening program.

The Shoe Club, a group in high school devoted to fostering student motivation and self-esteem, has been working on the “Seed to Salad” project since September. The project expanded on the existing East Jordan Elementary School garden with additions such as a circle house, allowing more space to grow produce year-round, and a larger composting system. On Earth Day, club members held an inauguration ceremony for the facility upgrade in front of an audience of elementary school students and staff, parents and community members.

“It feels great to know that the community is interested in this and that we have made a difference in this community,” said eighth grader Riley Campbell.

The park, which serves as a hands-on learning experience for elementary school students, will be able to operate throughout the year as a result of the efforts of high school students.

East Jordan Elementary School students sing a song to begin a new garden repair dedication, made possible through the work of members of the high school's Shoe Club.

“It definitely helps elementary school kids learn the basics of gardening and healthy living, and therefore builds the foundation for the rest of their lives,” said Mailey Hamilton, an 11th grader and one of the club’s three high school mentors. “It’s more than just a day at the park. They learn skills, grow friendships, and all that comes with it.”

Jayde Fazio and Elke Knauf are also high school mentors.

This is the second year in a row the club has worked on such a significant community project. Last year, the group managed to organize and fund a $70,000, 30 kilowatt hour solar panel installation in middle and high schools.

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