Last year was a remarkable year for the Alberta Rider Memorial Garden. We made a lot of progress as a group, and community, to seeing the dream of our woodland garden and outdoor classroom a reality. The final big piece of the puzzle, our classroom, will fall into place soon.
So, what’s next? Additional garden areas will need to be planted and developed, but before we can do that we will need to find a permanent fix to our watering problem. We were very saddened to learn that our garden was the victim of vandals this past summer. Someone came into our school’s space in late August and vandalized our sprinklers, removing and damaging the sprinkler heads of our above ground system! Beyond the financial hardship this creates, after all additional costs means additional fundraising, I think we were dismayed that anyone within our community would attack the school like that. As parents it has provided an excellent opportunity to talk about expectations of behavior and respect for public property with our children. None of us would like to believe that our child(ren) would be capable of vandalizing our school, however, plainly someone’s child(ren) did. The neighborhood school is often the center of a community, it provides ample opportunity for neighbors to come together, to meet, to strengthen community bonds and as an institution it should be respected. Vandalism on school property is a serious issue, it is not a matter of bored “kids being kids” and should never be tolerated by the community.
While we had hoped to be more in a maintenance mode for fundraising, with our final big ticket item already paid for, we know that with the added expense of the sprinklers we will need to call on our community for support again this year. How can you help raise funds?
- Participate in our winter poinsettia sale and enjoy beautiful poinsettia plants from Al’s Garden Center.
- Join us for our restaurant night fundraisers, dates and locations to be determined!
- Consider making a tax deductible donation to the garden committee, c/o Alberta Rider Elementary School.
Check back here often for updates on how you can be involved with the next phase of development of the Alberta Rider Memorial Garden!