During parent-teacher conferences last week our community partnership organized dinner for teachers on the evening they stayed late to accommodate parents who needed evening appointments. A delicious soup dinner was provided with the help of Charleen Badman, award winning FnB Restaurant chef and founder of Chef-in-the-Garden school program, Doug Robson of Otro Café, Barbara Fenzl of Les Gourmettes Cooking School, and the Noble Bread Eatery. Various congregation members made donations, brought additional soup, cornbread, salad, desserts. Maryland School is without a PTA, and the community support we help to provide means a lot to the school. A meal for dedicated, weary teachers was especially appreciated.
Although our team of volunteers has not been able to be on campus due to COVID safety restrictions, we were able to enlist student help and get the fall-winter garden planted. It is growing well, and we will very soon be able to begin working with classes to experience, learn, understand what is happening in the natural world around them. In order to best engage a class of students out in the garden, we need a small team of volunteers. If you enjoy being in the gardening and mentoring students, please consider joining our team for several hours on a Thursday or Friday morning, two or three times a month. For more information, please be in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down the road when it is safe to be back in classrooms (January maybe?), we will be reaching out for volunteers to help students with their learning. There are so many young people who have lost out during the last few years and will need help in catching up. Let us know of your interest and we will keep you posted.