Team breaks ground on school sensory garden

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A team of volunteers began work on March 21 to transform the courtyard at J.B. Stephens Elementary school into a sensory garden.

Members of the 2016-17 Leadership class brought all their planning to fruition when they began work on a “sensory garden” March 21 at J.B. Stephens Elementary School in Greenfield.

The garden, which is being built in the school’s courtyard, is one of six community projects being undertaken by the class. Volunteers from Home Depot and the school — including students — turned out to do some of the landscaping in preparation for adding plants later this spring. The Home Depot Foundation contributed $1,300 toward the project. Jimmy John’s in Greenfield provided food.

The sensory garden was the brainchild of class member Matt Davis, who is principal at the school, 1331 N. Blue Road. Davis is also a member of the project team. Other team members are Kate Brown of Hancock Regional Hospital; Teresa Smith of Hoosier Hear Gear in New Palestine; and Kimberly Sombke of Buck Creek Flooring.

A schoolwide project will begin this spring to add visual art to the entrances of the courtyard. Everyone at the school will make a sun-catcher, thanks to a contribution from the Greenfield-Central School Foundation. The school also will work with Hancock County Master Gardeners to identify plants to adorn the garden.

The sensory garden will have features that fit with each of the senses: touch, taste, smell, seeing and hearing

Team Garden will present a report on its community project at the Leadership Hancock County graduation on May 3.


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