One of the school district’s best-kept secrets just might be the
quarter-acre environmental garden at Washington Elementary School.
But come May 3, its secret will be revealed.
On that day, community members are invited to the garden’s 10th
anniversary party, planned by Washington’s fifth-graders and students
in John Burroughs High School’s Interact Club.
Several dedications are planned during the party, garden
coordinator Dick Moskun said.
A loquat tree will be planted in memory of Thelma Spring, the
school’s principal during the 1950s and 1960s, he said.
The garden’s decorative bridge will be dedicated to Kriegh Hample,
who was one of the garden’s founders, and its nursery will be named
in honor of retired teacher Lois Futrell.
Moskun, who has taught in the garden for seven years, said the
most important lesson children learn from the garden is how to behave
“They do learn to appreciate and respect the natural world around
them, but they also learn how to use this resource wisely,” Moskun
Principal Jane Clausen agrees the garden is a special place.
“Through the students’ experiences in the garden year after year,
they grow in appreciation of nature’s beauty, of the natural rhythms
that surround us, of the rewards that can be achieved through opening
our eyes, dirtying our hands and stilling our minds in the presence
of nature’s gifts,” Clausen said.