Martha Caldwell’s eighth grade class at The Paideia School created a National Wildlife Federation certified native plant garden.
The students designed the garden themselves, applied for grants and held plant sales to raise funds, cultivated the soil, selected the plants and have cared for the garden over the school year.
“It was fun to learn about native plants and work together to create something beautiful,” said eight-grade student Erica Winston.
An official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the garden is set for Friday, May 11, at 8:30 a.m. at Paideia, 1509 Ponce De Leon Ave.
After receiving a sustainability grant from Paideia, the students worked with EcoAddendum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating native habitats, to apply for another grant from Project Learning Tree.
They made signs to identify the plants, created mosaic stepping stones,