Oakwood School's NHS Grow, Harvest, and Donate 105 Pounds of Vegetables to the Community Foodbank
Last year, Oakwood School's chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) decided to create and maintain a community vegetable and flower garden as their primary service project. The larger goal was to donate the produce grown to local food banks in the Morgan Hill community. The club utilized Oakwood School's Preschool Garden for its project.
Work in the garden started around the beginning of the year, but the most labor-intensive work, which included the addition of a new gravel flooring, was done during spring break. With a team consisting of the NHS members Caitlin Kanazawa (treasurer), Cassie Fuller (secretary), CJ Mayer (vice president), Julia Obuchi (president), and several additional high school volunteers, a weed barrier was nailed to the floor, 5 tons of pea gravel hauled into the garden, and new vegetables and flowers were planted. By the end of spring break, an ECE garden became a more colorful and organized garden that could facilitate the growth of new plants.
During the summer, harvesting began, and as of August, Oakwood School's chapter of NHS has harvested and donated 105 pounds of vegetables to the Community Foodbank organization. These students are a great example of how Oakwood School's Service Learning program has a positive impact on the communities it reaches!