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School Garden Brings Together Generations

Memere works with students in the school garden
Jun 29, 2014

EIght Corners Primary School

Scarborough, Maine

This year one of the kindergarten classrooms at Eight Corners was blessed to have a volunteer through the Foster Grandparent’s program. Paulette Merrick, or Memere as the children affectionately call her, has a love for gardening and warm way of sharing her knowledge. Throughout the spring Memere told the children stories from her own childhood and brought in pictures for them to see of gardens she had kept. She told them about how plants grow, what they need and how they can be enjoyed. Carefully she helped each child plant and care for a variety of seeds that together they transplanted when the cold Maine winter finally let up. On the last day of school the lettuce that had been planted from seed, cared for indoors and transferred to the garden was finally ready to be tasted! It was a treat to celebrate a year filled with learning. Memere has volunteered to be a summer garden steward so that when the children return to school as first graders they will get to see and enjoy the crops they planted. Thank you to the Sow it Forward program for helping to foster community connections and learning through the generous contributions made to our school garden. 

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