Madison Elementary Community Garden Opening Ceremony

If you missed this warm and wonderful event, you missed the fun of mingling with the Madison parents and children and eating healthy fruit and pretzel snacks together (thanks to Board Member Stephanie Hall.) We tried out our Spanish, wielded a few shovels, and listened to the many words of gratitude from Mayor Terry Tornek, Superintendent Brian McDonald, and Madison Principal Juan Ruelas. The entire Pasadena School Board showed up!

We’re so grateful to the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the PUSD Health Department for getting us involved in this project, which will be used in all of the school’s pre-science classes – from kindergarten through 5th grade.

The Conservancy’s involvement includes: $15,000 for construction of the 40’ by 40’ main garden, kindergarten garden, and orchard; $4,000 for permanent benches to encourage parental participation; $3,000 for additional trees to be planted in late spring, and $3,000 for garden-related events.

We love working hand-in-hand with PUSD and PEF folks – as well as with the Madison parents and pupils. This relationship has led to synergies already, as Conservancy donors Adele Binder and Bea Bennett are setting up weekly reading by volunteers to second-graders, as well as a partner relationship with second-graders students from local private schools. What great synergies are springing from the collaboration of folks from different communities!