Josh Leveque and Julie Mirocha, both parents of Mullen Hall students, will give a presentation at the Woods Hole Public Library on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 PM about the Mullen-Hall School garden.
“Enhancing learning through gardening” is the basic theme of the garden which has been under construction through the school year. Both Julie and Josh are active gardeners; in fact Josh is a professional horticulturalist. They are both leaders in the corps of parents who are spear-heading this vital program, at the elementary school in the middle of town.
The Mullen-Hall School Garden is located in a previously unused area of the schoolyard along Hamlin Ave. and Shiverick's Pond. The garden provides students with opportunities for outdoor learning, and features raised growing beds, a bird & butterfly habitat garden, a gathering space, garden shed, and picnic tables to serve as an outdoor classroom. In the garden, teachers can enhance classroom curricula through hands-on, garden-based lessons. Students can also experience the garden through Gardens Alive, a volunteer-led enrichment program created to help teachers and students utilize the Mullen-Hall School Garden. Gardens Alive volunteers facilitate seasonal activities to help classes plant, maintain and harvest from their plots. Activities and materials are provided.
The garden project began with an initial request by first grade teachers for an outdoor space to enhance a curriculum unit on seeds. Principal Donna Noonan and a core group of parents and teachers expanded the vision into a garden that could benefit all students and teachers at the school. With the support of the Mullen-Hall community, grants and local businesses, the garden was constructed in time for gardening to begin in the fall of 2012.
The Garden Committee, comprised of parents and community members, aims to sustain and nurture the garden to ensure its success. The group meets monthly and works on an array of efforts to meet these goals. New members are always welcome!
This talk at the Library is free and open to the public. For more information visit
http://www.mullen-hallschoolgarden.blogspot.com/ or the Library’s website at www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.