Glengarry District High School students helped beautify two Community Living Glengarry properties last week, thanks to a $4,000 Community Partnership Grant from Ontario’s Ministry of Education.
GDHS teacher Lindsey Howes says the idea is to use the money to develop partnerships with community groups while developing knowledge of trades and other jobs.
In this case, 23 Grades 7 and 8 students researched how to organize a healthy garden. They created scale drawings and attended Marlin Orchards in Glen Walter so they could learn about greenhouses and gardening.
They spent the last two days in May setting up gardens at Community Living Glengarry’s headquarters in Alexandria’s industrial park and at its group home on Anik Street.
“Our Grade 12 Construction Technology class built five boxes out of cedar wood,” explains Ms. Howes, adding that the wood was donated by Ron Aubin at Home Hardware Alexandria. She also said that 15 yards of garden soil were delivered to Community Living Glengarry from Spread-X in St-Isidore.
Jacob Pilon, a Grade 8 student, ordered the soil and the company gave him a discount once they heard about the project.
IN THE GARDEN: GDHS students Jacob Pilon and Malcolm McKinnon help Community Living group home resident Denise Lapierre plant flowers in a garden behind the Anik Street residence in Alexandria last week.