Thanks to the Kellogg Garden and the San Jose Giants, the students at Saint John the Baptist School are learning how to care for gardens that beautify and that grow produce.
At the end of last school year the Saint John middle school science classes submitted entries for the raised garden design project sponsored by Kellogg Garden Products and California League Baseball, of which the San Jose Giants are our local team. Right before the school year ended, Saint John School was happy and excited to find out that Abbe Pingol, a seventh grader at the time, was one of the five winners (out of 1,000 entries).
On September 1, the entire middle school at Saint John’s was invited to see a San Jose Giants’ game. Abbe threw out the first pitch and was recognized for his accomplishment. On Wednesday, September 7, representatives of Kellogg Garden Organics built four raised flower gardens and one raised vegetable garden at the school. The next day, students of every class from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade worked together to plant the gardens. They first gathered and sang, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in honor of the San Jose Giants, cheered for their schoolmate Abbe, and then were guided through the planting process by Juan Ballesteros, project manager from Kellogg Garden, along with the other representatives from Kellogg who had constructed the planters. Going forward, the students will help to tend to the gardens on a regular basis. Older classes will work with their younger “buddy” classes to learn what it means to care for a garden. The vegetables will be harvested and donated.
Overall, this was a joyful experience for the students of Saint John the Baptist School which promises the benefits of learning and beautification for years to come.