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Our Beautiful Reading Garden

 On April 22, 2013, the ribbon cutting was held for the Western Union Elementary Reading Garden.  The garden was designed and orchestrated by Cindy Young (Beautification Chair) and Michael Upchurch (Parent Volunteer).

WUES received a Community grant in the amount of $1,000 from Wal-Mart.  This was the kick off for our future garden.  Several local companies gave WUES discounts or donated items needed to complete the garden.  Ace Hardware gave a discount for the benches.  Mineral Springs Seed and Fertilizer discounted several new flags used around the school.  RCS donated a truck load of compost.  Lowes discounted all WUES purchases and gave free delivery for two pallets of mulch and the blocks used to build the raised beds.  The Hyatt family gave a monetary donation and Wells Fargo matched that contribution with their employee match program. 

Many parents donated plants and flowers to be used in the garden.  The Upchurch family made a generous donation of two large Maple trees, two Crepe Myrtles, several beautiful bushes, and the bird baths that are the center of the garden. 

Last year’s fourth and fifth grade classes helped Michael Upchurch and Cindy Young move blocks, rocks, mulch, and dirt.  Some students even enjoyed planting.

Last year’s third grade classes planted sunflower seeds and were excited to see them in full bloom upon their return to school on Monday.  WUES student’s will harvest the seeds from these plants this fall and sow the seeds again in the spring. 

To kick off the opening of our “reading garden”, several parent volunteers dressed as book characters.  The students were invited to enjoy a cold Popsicle and wander around the garden while listening to stories. 

The Beautification Committee envisions this as an outdoor classroom.  They want teachers to bring their students to enjoy an alternative to the regular classroom.  Phase II will be to add pathways throughout the garden. 

Sitlaly Cortez and  Caralyn Elrod, both fifth graders in Mrs. Weaver's class, take a moment on the first day of school to enjoy the spectacular sunflowers in the reading garden. 


Enjoy this poem about sunflowers!

     Sunny Sunflower

Sunflowers all different sizes

Line a garden wall.

Some are short and cheery

Others strong and tall.

Starting as a tiny seed

Growing quickly like a weed.

Whatever size they are, you see,

Each is special

Just like me!

-Katherine McMahon-





Cindy Young, Melody Moore, and Molly Warren 

Written by: Cindy Young, Molly Warren, and Melody Moore
Posted: Sep 03, 2013 by Carrie Johnson

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