At 8:30am on Friday, March 29, a school holiday, five pallets of concrete block were delivered by Home Depot and we began to move the block and create new raised garden beds. Two holes with level bottoms had been prepared previously. Students, working after school, had helped to excavate the holes for the new beds into which concrete board was placed. These beds are similar in design to those created a year ago except that they have have half-inch concrete board floors onto which the three tiers of 8"x8"x16" concrete block and a layer of 2"x8"x16" top cap is stacked to create the walls.

The work teams were small but very productive. From 8:30 to 1:30, teachers, Jennifer Baer and Elden Sandy, and principal, Colleen Brewer, moved and stacked block while students Callie Hogue., Taylor Via.and Makenzie Baer. excavated the third garden bed. Lunch was provided by Mrs Brewer.  From 1:30 to 4:00 parent, Barbara Patterson, worked with Elden Sandy to move and stack block. Students Emma and Jack Patterson, excavated the third garden bed and also pulled the empty wagons from the garden to the front of the school where the wagons were loaded with concrete block. We moved a total of 12,612 pounds of concrete products on this workday.

One pallet of block remained to be moved at the end of the day. Carter Hogue joined Elden Sandy the next morning to move that block and stack it in the garden in preparation for constructing another garden bed.

I'd like to thank everyone who made this garden workday such a success. You were a blessing to the school and to the students who use the school garden. ~ Elden Sandy 

Two new raised garden beds. Temporary bridge in foreground.
Start of excavation for third raised garden bed with blocks to be used for bed wall stacked in background.