Critley King | March 17, 2017
Students at Saint Mark Catholic School got a Monday morning visit from University of Notre Dame students, who instead on spending their spring break in Panama or at Disney World, were sharing their skills in service by helping build the youngsters a school garden.
According to Saint Mark Principal Cathy Cornett, upon arrival, the approximately 12 college students got to work building three large-raised beds.
After the beds were complete, students from Notre Dame presented a lesson on gardening and seed starting to the children.
Each portion of the day was interactive for the children, said Cornett, who explained Saint Mark students were allowed to assist in bits of construction for the beds, and each student got to plant seeds in starting pods. She said when it comes time to plant, every child will have a chance to do so.
Planting in the soil will take place in the spring, according to Cornett, who noted Saint Mark’s summer campers would have a hand in caring for the school’s garden in hopes that by fall there will be several delicious items to harvest.
“(Helping) lets (the students) take ownership of the garden,” Cornett said.
Among the seeds started by the students at Saint Mark were mint, cucumber, bean, pea, tomato, oregano, sunflower, radish, sweet potato, squash, chives and basil.