Greenwood school seeks donations for garden

A Greenwood school wants to create a place for students to learn about nature by getting their hands in the dirt.

Students, parents, school officials and local businesses have all been working together to create a garden area outside of Southwest Elementary School.

Their plan is to put in multiple types of plants, along with benches and a gravel path, creating a space for students to learn and experience nature, said Steve Corbin, a teacher at the school.

School officials have discussed having a garden outside of the school for years. They want students to be able to learn about plants and insects by being outside with them, he said.

That space could be used as an educational tool, but also a place where the community can work together, Corbin said.

Work will begin later this week to create the garden, but for now, the group needs donations, Corbin said.

Businesses and residents have donated, and any amount will help them get the supplies needed, he said.

Donations can be mailed to Beth Boyce, who is president of the Southwest Elementary PTO, at 845 Richart Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142. Checks should be made payable to Southwest Elementary P.T.O. with Nature Preserve in the memo line.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.