Remi Ham – September 2017 Spotlight Volunteer

Remi Ham – September 2017 Spotlight Volunteer 

by Shelley Shalhoub

Remi is the creator extraordinaire of WES’ edible teaching garden! She has been a volunteer at the school for a year and her daughter Taylor is in 2nd grade.   Last year, Remi presented her design plans to the school and PTA for the garden, and everyone was just blown away!  She coordinated everything- from student involvement by having the 4th graders develop garden plans using Lego models, to parent volunteers to assist with planning logistics, and finally a great turnout of teachers, staff, students, and parents to install the garden on our big garden build day.  Throughout the school year, Remi coordinates garden workdays and a watering schedule.  In the summer, she has our campers help water and most of the garden harvest gets donated to Dorcas Food Bank.   She says, “The garden is a learning space. It has a butterfly/pollinator garden, compost bin, and a great variety of fruits and vegetables.  During the academic year teachers are encouraged to use garden produce for class instruction, and a portion will be donated to our Backpack Buddies program.”

When asked why Remi thinks it’s so important to volunteer and she says, “We love WES, and I’m so happy to help enhance the learning experience of our students through the teaching garden.  Volunteering is important in helping build our school community and has encouraged school pride for our daughter.  Beyond myself, the parent and teacher volunteers who help maintain or water the garden are so valuable- it takes a village of helpers to keep our garden beautiful! During the academic year, I hope the teaching garden is frequently used by teachers and a place students make new discoveries, observations and encourages them to plant their own fruits and veggies at home!”

Thank you Remi for all you do at WES!

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