New garden grows at John Ireland Elementary thanks to volunteers


Employees from Hilton Worldwide and representatives from REAL School Gardens helped plant a new learning garden on Thursday, Oct. 19, at John Ireland Elementary School.

Principal Stephanie said many Ireland students live in the apartment complex next to the school. “They don’t have their own back yards,” she said. “This will mean a lot to them.”

The work on Thursday improves upon and renovates the seeds of an earlier garden – including one that draws monarch butterflies. New features will be raised flower and vegetable gardens, a covered outdoor classroom, a water feature, birdhouses and more.

Nonprofit organization REAL School Gardens helps schools with low-income students build and maintain learning gardens as well as provides accompanying curriculum.

Along with parent volunteers, students and staff members, the volunteers from Hilton did much of the heavy lifting for the new garden as part of the company’s Global Week of Service.


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