On May 11, a new community garden at Lincoln Northeast High School will officially open. Students, teachers and community partners will install and plant a host of new garden beds in a project that arose as English language learners read a beloved short story about the community. , diversity, growth and acceptance.
Installation of the new corrugated iron garden beds will take place from noon to 4 p.m. south of the Lincoln Northeast School building, 2635 N. 63rd St.
Rocket ELL students designed and organized the garden after reading The seed companies, a short work from 1997 by Paul Fleischmann. The novella follows a Vietnamese girl and a diverse group of immigrants who transform a vacant lot in the city of Cleveland into a community garden with cultures from each character’s home country. Along the way, they grow, reflect, and form lasting bonds.
The Civic Nebraska Community Learning Center in the northeast teamed up with the students to bring the project to the school. ELL students designed the beds in their classrooms and planned and designed what will be in each bed, said Michael BandySchool Community Coordinator for North East CLC.
In addition to discovering how the garden will create community, students will examine how plants and ecosystems work together and gain insight into pollination, composting, and germination.
Several community partners have joined in the effort, including a University of Nebraska Northeast concentration program that prepares students in the areas of food, energy, water, and societal systems. . The Kiwanis of northeast Lincoln also donated significant labor and resources for the construction of the corrugated iron beds.
Cheers, Rockets – we can’t wait for the fruits of your thoughtful labor to come to fruition!