The learning community of P.S. 54 was the very privileged and lucky recipient of a Citizens NYC grant, which enabled the school to build a community garden. Participants went to Home Depot for a field trip in order to better understand what is entailed in creating a garden, where goods come from and how to get the most value for your money. Featured plants included tomatoes, eggplants, squash as well as herbs like dill, thyme, oregano and basil. Ms. Muller’s 2nd grade class, 5th grade boys, several parent volunteers with their children and community volunteers spent several hours using pallets and landscaping canvas to make gardening boxes. It was so heart warming to see little children persistently working to follow through with an real life application they could connect to recent science lessons on plants. 2nd graders carried bags of potting soil that were wide and heavy. 5th grade boys worked diligently and methodically at prepping pallets for the 2nd graders to plant in. New volunteers came forward from the street to help when they saw what scholars were trying to accomplish. Gardens build a community and strong citizens that work together like a team. Thank you Citizens NYC for promoting health, wellness, citizenship, environmental awareness and the Common Core!!! We love gardens and we love Citizens NYC!!!!!