Soups on at Sun­ny­side

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Last week, stu­dents at Sun­ny­side Ele­men­tary en­joyed the fruits of their labour in the form of a squash soup which was pre­pared with squash from the Stanstead Com­mu­nity Gar­den. Stu­dents from both Sun­ny­side and Jardins-des-Fron­tieres school started seeds and grew seedlings for the gar­den last spring and, now that it’s har­vest time, some of the teach­ers at Sun­ny­side, along with their stu­dents, will be tak­ing turns cook­ing big batches of soup for the whole school weekly.

“The Com­mu­nity Gar­den was very suc­cess­ful; we grew a lot of food. There wasn’t much weed­ing to do in the boxes but the field was a bit of a tackle, but the weeds didn’t win!” said He­lene Hamel, one of the ini­tia­tors of the pro­ject. “We had lots of squash, some corn, cu­cum­bers, beans and some nice herbs. I think it was a great start. We also have eigh­teen beau­ti­ful pump­kins that we’ll share be­tween the two schools and the Manoir Stanstead.”

Be­sides the help from the lo­cal ele­men­tary stu­dents in the spring, the gar­den was main- tained dur­ing the sum­mer by sev­eral res­i­dents of the Manoir Stanstead, Stanstead Col­lege stu­dents, and a reg­u­lar group of Stanstead res­i­dents. “Both of the ele­men­tary schools have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in con­tin­u­ing this pro­ject next year,” com­mented Ms. Hamel. By then, not only their gar­den­ing skills will have im­proved, but their cook­ing skills as well!

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Prin­ci­pal Steve Weary was happy to get a bowl of squash soup from stu­dent Madi­son Til­ton. Also seen in the photo are (Front left to right) Bryanna Smith-Ro­drigue, Hey­den Waid, Nathan Dubois, Derek Wood, Dray Benoit, Dy­lan Dubois, Trey­denn El­liott, (Back left to right) Ka­trina Beaudin, Brook Chase-Rheault, Ryan Goyette, Shawn RoyWash­burn, teach­ers Rachel Bury and Co­lette Roy.

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