Little Bennett Elementary School in Clarksburg will be dedicating one of its three gardens later this month.
It took members of the Little Bennet beautification committee two years to complete a Kiss and Ride garden near the school’s drop-off zone.
“There were weeds everywhere before,” said Robert Shapiro, a member of the committee.
Several plants now call the school garden home, including rosebushes, perennials and trees. Work on the garden ended with the installation of a 2-ton dedication stone, engraved with the school’s motto: “Experiencing Success... Everyone, Everyday!” in May.
Now, officials said they soon will announce the date of a formal ceremony to recognize the achievement.
“It’s just there for the kids and teachers to enjoy,” Shapiro said. “It represents the school and the school motto.”
With a school population of more than 800 students, Shapiro said that the garden is the most seen by visitors.
“There’s 30,000 or 40,000 people that walk by that stone,” he said. “It’s like [the school’s] trophy.”
Shapiro said the garden was designed to celebrate the beginning of the school’s seventh year and the first group of students who completed their entire elementary education at Little Bennett.
Students primarily interact with a garden in the school’s courtyard, which Shapiro said has been used before as an outdoor classroom where students helped plant an herb garden. But, the new garden, he said, has quickly captured student interest in helping to keep it in good shape.
“It’s their trophy,” he said. “Now [students] are beginning to learn that [the garden] looks nice for a reason, because people maintain it.”