Caps Fans Complete Habitat Garden at Powell Elementary School
The habitat garden was built to attract local species of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects that the students can learn about throughout the course of the school year. The first phase of the project took place on June 9 when volunteers laid the groundwork for the garden by creating a woodchip path, planting, mulching, watering and installing birdfeeders. To complete the project, volunteers tilled the soil with equipment donated by The Home Depot, planted and labeled various flowers and plants and finished building a shed for the school to store gardening tools. Animal cutouts were placed on stakes and planted into the ground to mark the different parts of the habitat such as the native bee garden, monarch watch garden and hummingbird garden. Students also came outside during their recess to help plant and water their new garden.
Music played throughout the day as the volunteers worked diligently to put the finishing touches on the garden and lunch was provided in the school cafeteria. Once the project was finished, both the Caps and the USDA donated the gardening tools used during the build to Powell Elementary School so that the students and teachers can work year-round to maintain the garden.
This garden is part of the USDA’s People’s Garden initiative and the Capitals and USDA have been working with the staff and students at Powell Elementary School since February to make it a reality. The Capitals adopted Powell Elementary School, a largely minority D.C. Public School for preschoolers through fourth graders, during the 2010-11 season and have visited the school with staff and players on numerous occasions.