On Tuesday, October 25, Malletts Bay School students and maintenance professionals will join up to install newly painted panels in the MBS gardens.
After taking measurements in and around the garden area to ensure that the proposed artwork would fit the intended spaces, MBS fifth graders from Jennifer Jacobson and Kate DeCoff’s art classes explored the types of plantings grown there. They then created sketches of their concepts and proposed their ideas to Principal Benay, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gwen Carmolli, and Business and Operations Manager George Trieb. Once their proposals were approved, the students collaborated to create the sixteen garden-themed panels, with teams of four or five students working together on each piece.
They will begin installing their finished works in the gardens at 1:20 p.m. and 2:10 p.m., crowning what has already become a fantastic and inspiring community project. The gardens have been enhanced and expanded as part of a farm-to-school initiative aimed at not only putting more fresh and local foods into schools but as a means of fostering a sense of community involvement. Enthusiastic volunteers rolled up their sleeves and worked throughout the spring and summer, transforming the garden space with the help of a generous grant and numerous other donations.
More than simply an opportunity for students to create and display artwork in a public space, this event highlights the important benefits of what our community members have done with these gardens at MBS—and further emphasizes part of what makes this such a great place to live, work, and learn. Community gardens encourage intergenerational and intercultural social interaction, self-reliance, a sense of responsibility, environmental sustainability, and creative recreation. They preserve and beautify green spaces, produce nutritious foods, provide peaceful spaces for quiet reflection, and create additional learning opportunities for participants of all ages. They bring together people of varied backgrounds and experiences and allow them to collaborate on a meaningful, ongoing project with wide-reaching and long-lasting benefits. The fact that such gardens exist at MBS speaks volumes about the community that created them—and it is therefore only logical that they will be graced with thoughtfully created artwork befitting them.
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