Friday, November 23, 2012

Wednesday, Novermbert 21st

Okay, so I was up at 6am on this morning, and hit the road at 7:10am. . .  Stopped every two hours to get out of the car and stretch.

Stopped to eat lunch here, just outside Darlington, SC.  The sign told me to!
NASCAR country. . . .  Darlington's water tank.

Made it to Mikey's in the early afternoon.  He took me to his school.  This is the garden outside his classroom:

He uses it as an aid to teach Spanish. . .
 He's also making eight raised garden bed-frames in a separate site at the school. . . .  One for each grade - pre-K thru 5th plus special ed. - in the school.  The wood for the frames was supplied by R.H.Smith Lumberyard, a local West Columbia business that contributed it free of charge.  The topsoil/compost for it is being supplied by the City of Columbia, compliments of Mayor Steve Benjamin, a friend of Mikey's.  The Carolina Springs Elementary School PTO's parents are volunteering their time to do the actual construction and to work on the project long-term (weeding, watering, etc.)

This is a virtual tour of his garden in front of his classroom again, that inspired the bigger project:
You have to copy and paste the link into your browser address window to view it, but you'll see an interesting bit of the use of the garden to get the kids involved in speaking Spanish.

 The teacher and his classroom. . .   I've been here before, but I'm impressed every time!

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