GDHS gar­dens

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

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.

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