The McCleary School garden is a reality.
Thanks to the wonderful coverage The Vidette gave to our project and the moving generosity of your readers, we now have a greenhouse, eight raised garden beds full of dirt and plants in the ground. The raised beds were constructed by members of a school elective class made up of sixth- through eight-graders. The planting has been done by several classrooms, so the project is having significant student participation.
I particularly want to mention several donors. Montesano Farm and Home was very generous with garden tools. The family of Claude Smith and Louise Smith Hammar helped with a large cash donation. Great Western Supply helped out with seeds. Mr. John Mainio donated his 8-by 20-foot greenhouse. Mr. Bill Trudell donated the lumber for the raised beds. Jake and Angie Eveland transported the greenhouse and helped supervise the planting. Mrs. Andrea Cotey donated dirt and seeds and helped supervise planting.
I know that I am omitting some donors, but I will be sending progress reports as we go, and I will mention a more complete list at that time. Thank you so much for your support, and thanks to all of the people who nurtured this seed of an idea into the fruit of reality.