Brooks School Celebrates

Master Junior Gardener Club

BSE Students get down and dirty with soil, plants, and water!

Nine 3rd and 4th grade students at Brooks School Elementary recently participated in a Junior Master Gardener program. The group met in the library afterschool for an hour each Wednesday, September through October. With guidance from Co-Leader and Master Gardener Sue Marley, students learned about plant growth, fruits & nuts, vegetables, soil and water through hands-on projects. Students especially enjoyed their service project – planting perennials to surround a pergola dedicated to a former student who passed away of leukemia in 2011. The service project began with a presentation from guest speaker MJ Meneley, Principal at Blue Marble Design LLC, on landscape design. He was also able to answer lots of questions about becoming a landscape architect! Students then weeded the mulched area of the building directly west of the art room and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of planting the following week. Other highlights from the club included the assembly of small compost bins, a digital photography nature walk with the iPads, and the creation of miniature gardens. To learn more about the JMG program as supported by nationally by Texas A&M University, visit www.jmgkids.us. The Hamilton County Master Gardener Association provided local club support.