Barbara Bush Elementary School

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511 East Springdale Lane
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

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Matthew Ibbotson, a student at Grand Prairie High School, worked diligently with his Scout Troop over the Holiday Break to install this new Earth Science Station. This project helped Matthew accomplish his Eagle Scout status…way to go, Matthew!! Thanks to Brenda Townsend at Marshall Elementary for sharing her design and allowing us to modify it for our needs. Tracy Hollis was instrumental in the planning process…thanks, Tracy! And, of course, Tammy Chan’s crew at the City of Grand Prairie was most appreciated as they assisted in some final ‘cleanup’ and maintenance.

Birdfeeder Gourd

    

A view of the garden at Barbara Bush Elementary School

 

    Perfect conditions for a science experiment!

INSTALLATION DATE

Spring 2009

GARDEN DESIGN

Barbara Bush Learning Garden Design

AWARDS

  • 2012 REAL School Gardens Community Outreach Award for Smart Potatoes
  • 2011 REAL School Gardens Stacey Hodge Award for Successful Family and Community Involvement
  • 2008 1st place Green & Clean Campus Program Award, Keep America Beautiful, Go Green Initiative
  • 2008 2nd place Green & Clean Campus Program Award, Keep America Beautiful, Square Foot Gardening Association Elementary Category
  • 2008 2nd place National Square Foot Gardening Contest
  • 2007 American Forest & Paper Association School Recycling Award
  • 2007 International School of the Year, Go Green Initiative
  • 2006 Keep Texas Beautiful, 3rd place Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award
  • 2006 Keep Texas Beautiful, 1st place Sadie Ray Graff Education Leadership Award
  • 2005 Recycling Alliance of Texas Leadership Award, Outstanding Environmental Youth Education and Outreach Program
  • 2005 2nd place National Award for Beautification and Community Improvement,  Keep America Beautiful
  • 2005 Environmental Vision Award, North Texas Corporate Recycling Association  

SEEDS OF LEARNING

     

    COMMUNITY SUPPORT

    Special thanks to those who keep our garden growing: 

    • Stacey Ansley
    • Bush Environmental Stewardship Team (BEST)
    • Tammy Chan and the City of Grand Prairie
    • Ron Davis and the GPISD Grounds Crew
    • Bruce Graf, Graf Developments
    • Tracy Hollis, GPISD Natural Science Education Program Facilitator
    • Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) - Toolbox for Education Grant, January 2009
    • Connie O'Gorman, Lead Parent Volunteer

    WHAT A TEACHER IS SAYING...

    "Over the last six years our garden has transpired from a ‘place to visit’ to an instructional classroom. In the beginning only the teachers who had an interest in gardening could be found there; now all classroom teachers are looking for ways to integrate this resource into their instruction." - Stacey Ainsley

     

    Special thanks to Barbara Bush Elementary for hosting REAL School Gardens' REAL People Networking Event on October 29, 2009.