HOPE Club Garden Wins National Grant


On May 12, 2015, the Morris Hills HOPE Club Garden won a $10,000 grant from the Seeds of Change Grant Program. Morris Hills was one of five schools from across the country to win this grant. The HOPE Club Garden hopes to use their grant money to expand the garden, possibly build a green house and continue to feed the community.

The HOPE Club Garden was created last spring by the following student gardeners: George Tannous, Kim Alansignan, Lap Nguyen, Hernan Pesantes and Yassar Khan, with the help of their advisors: Mrs. Paulson, Miss Mankikar and Miss Triantafyllos. The gardeners have worked very hard and have been successful in expanding the garden.

Recently there has been an addition of four new planting beds, so now there are a total of six beds. The two beds from last year are used for genetically modified plants that were donated. The four new planting beds will be used for the non-genetically modified plants.

The gardeners meet after school several times each week to work in the garden. They have also been teaching new student gardeners about gardening. These gardeners in training not only learn about agriculture, but also get full hands on experience in the garden. Any students who are interested in gardening are welcome to come to the HOPE Club Garden meetings.