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Volunteers give Perry School a new garden

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: May 22, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Saturday, May 20th., Huntington Beach Councilmember Jill Hardy came to Perry Elementary School to recognize the efforts of volunteers from the school, the Inside the Outside group, volunteers from Boeing and scouts from Troop 618 from Saddleback Valley who were there to help prepare and plant a class garden for the students. At a weed and grass patch along side of a wall of a building at the school, a teacher outlined where to dig and also where not to dig where a water line was located.

Lori Kiesser from Inside the Outside, Project Leader Henry Murray and Perry teacher Carolyn Werthein


Some of the 50 plants that will form the new garden at Perry School


Saturday's event when finished will give the young students and opportunity to learn about drought resistant native California plants that are able to grow in our climate with little water.

"Building a native garden alongside school leaders and community partners that serve local residents and inspire young toddlers and kids is exciting," said Pat Schirmer, Vice President of Customer Support, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This work will have a lasting impact on the school and those who use it."


All of the volunteers line up with Harper and Hardy to receive the Proclamation


Shovels in hand the volunteers gladly loosen the packed ground and pulling stubborn weeds from the rich soil, the volunteers didn't mind the back-breaking job when it was all completed.

Assemblyman Matthew Harper with Josh Werthein fro Troop 618


Assemblyman Matt Harper and Councilmember Jill Hardy join the volunteers


Before the digging began, State Assemblyman and former mayor of Huntington Beach Matthew Harper arrived with a proclamation recognizing the volunteers and the school for their efforts in helping California's water problem.

Boeing volunteers begin the digging for the new garden



Packing the soil around one of the plants Photo by Lori Kiesser



Once the Boeing volunteers arrived, they were put to work digging a small dirt patch that will be transformed into an outdoor classroom that will benefit students at the school for years to come.

Work continues in the garden by the volunteers



The garden takes shape Photo by Lori Kiesser



All done and it looks great Photo by Lori Kiesser


A closeup of some of the plants Photo by Lori Kiesser



Volunteers from the group Inside the Outside have a year-long project of helping create these types of gardens for hundreds of students at 10 schools throughout Orange County.

A tired crew finishes the garden. Thank you so much. Now go wash your hands! Photo by Lori Kiesser



Once the program was completed, both Matt Harper and Jill Hardy would be heading off to more events Saturday as this was just the start of their busy day's schedule.

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