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Harvesting Hope: Daniel Webster School 46’s Garden Nourishes Community

At Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), we believe that nurturing a love for the environment goes hand in hand with fostering a sense of community responsibility. As we conclude our Earth Day series, we’re thrilled to showcase the remarkable garden club at Daniel Webster School 46, where students are learning the importance of sustainable gardening while making a positive impact on their community.

Leading this inspiring initiative is Stacie Crama, an avid gardener with a decade of teaching experience. Stacie’s passion for gardening extends beyond the school grounds, as she actively farms an acre of land in her free time. Her enthusiasm and expertise have been instrumental in creating a thriving garden at Daniel Webster School 46.

The school’s garden boasts approximately nine active raised beds, where a variety of crops are planted and tended to by dedicated students. With the support of a grant from Thrivent, the garden has been able to maintain and expand their green space, providing hands-on learning opportunities for all involved.

What sets Daniel Webster School 46’s garden apart is their commitment to giving back to the community. The produce harvested from the school’s garden is regularly donated to the local food bank, ensuring that fresh, nutritious food reaches those who need it most. In addition, the garden’s bounty is shared with families, staff, and students, fostering a sense of togetherness and promoting healthy eating habits.

The success of the garden is a testament to the strong community partnerships and family involvement at Daniel Webster School 46. Throughout the school year and summer, volunteers work alongside students to maintain the garden, weeding, planting, and harvesting the crops.

As we celebrate Earth Day and reflect on the incredible stories we’ve shared throughout this series, the garden club at Daniel Webster School 46 stands out as a shining example of how schools can cultivate environmental stewardship while making a tangible difference in their communities.