West End IB World Middle Schools is one of 100 winners nationwide, out of 2,500 submissions, to receive a $500 gift card from Home Depot as part of the 2012 Youth Garden Grant. West End was chosen because its gardening program “…reflected the importance of garden programming to cross-curricular studies, environmental education, and health and nutrition while demonstrating the important role gardens play in the lives of students, teachers, and the community.”
Last year, West End IB World School was one of five programs selected from more than 220 applicants across the U.S. to receive a $2,500 award and more than 300 vegetables and herbs from Burpee Home Gardens and the “2011 ‘I Can Grow’ Youth Garden Award. To date, West End Middle School has received $3,000 in garden grants.
It has been a hot summer but the West End IB World School garden is thriving thanks to the dedicated volunteers who have watered and cared for the garden over the summer! Students and staff have harvested more than two gallons of green beans, lots of cucumbers, fragrant herbs, zucchini and 2 watermelons. They are now anxiously awaiting the day they can harvest the eggplant, squash, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Click through to see the proof.