BPS Grant: Garden

Our Project:
The BPS Garden will be an interactive, interdisciplinary learning space to extend learning beyond the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to explore vegetable/herb gardens, water conservation with the use of rain barrels, care for plants with a watering system, helping our environment through the use of a composter, a global connection with a butterfly garden, and connecting to nature through art. The garden will be complete with a pergola, trellis, and defined walkways to provide ease of gardening and exploring.

garden plan

Our Goal:
The BPS Garden will be an inviting outdoor learning space to facilitate learning outside the walls of the classroom. Students will be actively engaged in their learning to extend core subjects in an outdoor classroom.

Project Impact:
The BPS Garden will positively impact all BPS students, staff and the Batesville community. Students and staff will benefit from the expansion of learning in an outdoor sensory setting. The Batesville community will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere to explore and observe active learning at BPS. The BPS Garden will combine purposeful learning, excitement, and collaboration in a unique learning environment.

Project Timeline:
This is an ongoing project with many components. Community volunteers are in place and ready to begin work as soon as funding is available.

Additional Funding Sources:
Garden Art sponsored by RAA, Mulch for walkways discounted rate by Leising Excavating & Mulch, Delivery of mulch donated by Leising Excavating & Mulch, Pergola labor donated by Luke Pierson, Pergola materials partially donated by Gillman Home Center, Bobcat work donated by Ollier’s and Gauck’s, Cardboard base for walkways donated by Kroger

Principal Comments:
I am thrilled to promote and support the BPS Garden grant. Over the past three years, we have attempted to build and grow our garden plans. We have now established a committee that is working hard with the help of outside sources to bring our garden vision to fruition, but we need additional funding to support these endeavors. This is a fantastic project that our students will be able to enjoy and learn from for years to come. Thank you for your consideration of this grant request.