Earlier this year, people across the Valley got together at Cartwright Elementary School to help rebuild a community garden after the children’s mobile garden, Gus the Bus, was burned down. After a little more work and a lot of love, it was finally time to reopen the garden (new Gus the Bus included!) on Friday, February 23.
Over 120 students joined us at the opening and were guided by Grand Canyon University volunteers to activities such as listening to a story read by local firefighters, tasting garden vegetables, participating in a hands on lesson on planting with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and learning how a police K9 unit does his job. The whole community came together to see the garden come to life and celebrate including 80 fire fighters, police officers, and cadets.
This garden is just one of many sites Valley of the Sun United Way has put together with help from the community and gives kids the opportunity to learn in a hands on, interactive environment. With the help of donors and volunteers, these gardens offer a place for families to learn together, have access to nutritious foods, and live united.
You can be a part of our goal to build gardens at 9 more sites when you donate today.