Grade 5 to 8 students from the St. Malo School spent a day planting a community garden at the Chalet Malouin.
By Marianne Curtis
The seniors living at the Chalet Malouin in St. Malo will enjoy the benefits of fresh produce after students from the Ecole St. Malo School spent a day planting a community garden at the facility.
On June 7, several grade 5 to 8 students in St. Malo School’s Humanities program spent the day sowing seeds in a garden for the Chalet residents. Students spent the day planting a variety of vegetable seeds, tomatoes, onions and potatoes in a community garden on the facility’s property. The Chalet Malouin is a seniors housing complex that houses over eighty residents 55 years and older.
Teacher Carmen Maynard says she is proud of her students for showing enthusiasm while planning and planting the community garden.
“This has been a great day for us,” Maynard explained. “We are teaching the students to do something for the community while they are also learning.” She added that several students participating had never planted a garden. For a few of the students, the planting was a learning experience as some of the students had never seen a seed before.
For the past few years, the St. Malo School has worked closely in partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation in St. Malo in planting the community garden at the Chalet Malouin.
“This provides our students with the experience and skills needed to plant and tend to a garden,” Maynard continued. “The students always have a great time participating in this activity and they take pride in knowing that they took part in helping this garden grow.
The planting was a learning experience for many of the students, some of whom had never seen a seed before. Now that the planting is complete, the students have vowed to come back over the summer months to tend the garden and help with the harvesting. The produce grown in the community garden will be used to feed residents residing in the facility.