Common Ground’s school garden crew built four raised beds at Worthington-Hooker upper school

Kindergarten students worked alongside Common Ground High School students help fill the new school garden with compost.

On a sunny Saturday in early November a group of volunteers from the Worthington-Hooker school community– including teachers, administrators and parents- were joined by a crew of Common Ground High School students and staff to build their new school gardens.

The garden build came after weeks of planning by the school and their parent-lead garden committee. Four raised beds were built at both the upper school on Whitney Avenue and the lower school on Canner Street. At the upper school, fifth grade teacher Hope Carloni is taking the lead with her plans for a salsa garden this spring.  At the lower school, second grade teachers Christina Amato and Tim Shortt are working together to integrate the garden into units on soil, plant lifecycles and butterflies. Principals at both schools have been extremely supportive.

The School Garden Resource Center at Common Ground provided support to the Hooker school garden committee throughout the planning process. Common Ground’s Green Job Corps students Marcel Aquirre, CJ Algarin, Paula Pabon, Hailey O’brien and Lanissa Gardner showed tremendous leadership constructing the beds on site and working with the students.

The school garden crew from Common Ground will return to Hooker School in April for a school-wide spring planting.