AJ's Garden at Norton Park Elementary
$310 raised
31% of $1k goal
7 contributors
4 Years running
My name is AJ Durkee and I am a fifth grade student in Cobb County Georgia. My mom works at Norton Park Elementary school, also in Cobb County. I started AJ's Garden to raise money and find materials to help me build a handicapped accessible garden ...
My name is AJ Durkee and I am a fifth grade student in Cobb County Georgia. My mom works at Norton Park Elementary school, also in Cobb County. I started AJ's Garden to raise money and find materials to help me build a handicapped accessible garden at Norton Park Elementary. My mom helped me write the following:

Norton Park Elementary School is a relatively small elementary school in Smyrna GA. They are largely poor, 95 %+ free or reduced lunch, minority with a significant number of English as a second Language learners. Norton Park has a large and diverse e special education population. Nearly 10 % of the overall population at Norton Park is identified as having a special need. Norton Park serves students with intellectual, social emotional, behavioral and physical disabilities as well as students Autism and pre-school age children with developmental delays. Norton Park has a large and diverse special education population. Nearly 10 % of the overall population at Norton Park Elementary is identified as having a disability. Norton Park’s special education program serves children with intellectual, social emotional, behavioral and physical disabilities as well as children with Autism and pre-school age children with developmental delays.

The school has a 30’ x 40’ courtyard where we would like to build four 4’x8’ raised garden beds to grow various fruits, vegetables and herbs. We would like to purchase materials, including lumber, basic maintenance tools, soil and seeds. The beds would be surrounded by a 3 ft. wide 2 inches deep path covered with pea gravel to ensure handicapped accessibility. In addition, one of the beds will be raised approximately 24 inches above the others so as to ensure the gardens are handicapped-accessible for those students with mobility concerns.

I have made a budget with my parents and a plan to implement and build the garden. I have saved aproximately half of my own money to fund AJ’s Garden and I am looking for materials and money to finish it. I hope you will consider Helping AJ’s Garden. This program could help a lot of kids.
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