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Nurturing Growth: Meredith Nicholson School 96’s Thriving Garden Club

At Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), we believe that celebrating Earth Day extends beyond a single day. Throughout this week, we’re highlighting the remarkable ways our schools are fostering a love for the environment and sustainable practices. Today, we’re excited to share the story of Meredith Nicholson School 96 and their thriving garden club.

Leading this green initiative is Brian Pachciarz, a multi-talented educator with over 20 years of experience at IPS. In addition to his role as the garden club facilitator, Brian is also the school’s Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director, and coaches various award-winning sports teams. Drawing from his 4-H background and dedication to student involvement, Brian recognized the importance of engaging urban school students in the joys and benefits of gardening.

The garden club at Meredith Nicholson School 96 provides students with hands-on learning experiences, teaching them valuable lessons about gardening, healthy eating, and self-reliance. The fall program, which focused on hydroponics, was a resounding success and the largest of its kind.

As the school’s Wellness Committee Chair, Brian understands the significance of fostering a positive environment. Meredith Nicholson School 96 is known for its strong anti-bullying stance, and Brian’s favorite quote, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the school’s after-school programs and sports teams.

We’re thrilled to witness the positive impact the garden club is having on students at Meredith Nicholson School 96. With passionate educators like Brian leading the way, we’re nurturing a love for the environment and planting the seeds for a greener, healthier future. Stay tuned as we continue to share inspiring stories throughout our Earth Day series this week!