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Popsicles on the Patio
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Zoe Smith receiving her Popsicle on the patio
Zoe Smith receiving her Popsicle on the patio

Many changes have occurred this year in the gardens around Deer Valley. All of the existing picnic

tables, raised beds and amphitheater seating area received a makeover of fresh stain, and some TLC. A

new patio of pavers was installed near the science lab and music room windows. New umbrellas were

added to the new seating area that was created by the Deer Valley Dads over the summer. The garden

beds have been planted with fresh soil and new plants. The outdoor classroom was a true community

effort, spearheaded by Mrs. Samantha Funkhauser, and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Ami Weems. Many

parents donated time, labor, money and other gardening resources to complete the outdoor classroom.

The families who have donated get to participate in “Planting our Prints” where their child leaves a

thumb print on the stepping stones to be remembered for years to come! Enrichment classes worked on

cleaning and painting once or twice a week for a month. Local Scout Troops worked with the school in

partnership to fulfill the requirements for Eagle Scouts. Lowes and Home Depot discounted prices and

gave donations to keep the project on budget and the Hoover City Schools Grounds and Maintenance

department prepared the area and provided the mulch, dirt, and sand. 

The school celebrated the completion on the patio project with popsicles on the patio. Popsicles were

served out the science lab windows from 12-2 and classes were invited to enjoy the new outdoor

learning space. The garden allows students to become active participants in the learning process.

Because of the layout of the garden, students will have unique opportunities to improve their nutritional

knowledge, gain an appreciation and respect for nature, learn the importance of working together, and

garden their way through the curriculum. The garden and outdoor classrooms will be great resources for

addressing standards within the language arts, math, science, history, physical education, music, and art


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