Voices Into Action Awards West Lee Mini Grant
Voices Into Action, an organization that partners with communities to support access to healthy, affordable food and safe places to be active, has given Ms. Melanie Parker, West Lee's Biotechnology teacher, a mini grant to build and maintain a garden at our school. Below is an updated article published on the Voices Into Action website.
West Lee Middle School – School Garden
After many months of hard work, West Lee Middle School can finally boast of 5 beautiful raised beds for their garden. After receiving a mini-grant from Voices into Action, Melanie Parker, an agricultural education and biology teacher at West Lee, started the journey of creating a vegetable garden behind the middle school. Though they faced many challenges along the way, Melanie with the help of her colleagues and students finished the garden beds just days before school let out this summer.
Melanie plans on having her students plant seeds in August, right after school is back in session. They will grow fall and spring crops, so that everyone who takes a class of hers will be able to enjoy both growing and harvesting vegetables. Those in her classes will be able to take home some of the vegetables, and share them with their families.
Best of luck Melanie, and thank you for your great work!