PTO Showcase - Carrillo Garden
Our Carrillo Garden began 19 years ago as a tribute to the victims and families of 911 and became so much more than our outdoor classroom. Some of the most cherished memories have been in the garden, watching COLTS from all grade levels delighted in walking through it, learning during Garden Rotations, and participating in Garden Club.
Armstrong Nursery even partnered with Mrs. Cummings for several years to help get it going, but it was the PTO who truly made the dream become a reality when we listened to the plea for potable water from one of her students named Grace Fisher. Up until then, parent volunteers helped carry gallon containers of water from the classroom to keep it alive. We were able to fundraise and purchase the bridge, fence materials, archway, Rose food, soil, and raised beds!
Since then, Mrs. Cummings and her family along with a Carrillo neighborhood landscape company, one of her student's grandpas, and our Carrillo families helped install the drip system, build, paint, and turn it into what you see today.
Mrs. Cummings usually spends hours after school every Friday afternoon taking care of the Garden. Until school returns, our incredible Garden Team has taken over and spends a few hours a week caring for our tribute Garden. Our Carrillo volunteers are truly the best people in the world! PTO funds help to maintain this beauty for the kids to enjoy outdoor learning all year long.
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