The University of the District of Columbia men’s basketball team volunteered at Peabody School Gardens Saturday morning, October 17th.
From 9-11 AM, the men’s basketball student-athletes and coaching staff did general clean-up and maintenance, pruning of shrubs and trees, rebuilding of stone borders and edging of the 9,000 square foot garden which surrounds the Early Childhood Center, a DC Public School on Capitol Hill.
The garden areas support the school’s integrated art, science, math, English and geography curriculum and the “Story of Food: Growing Healthy Readers” project. The initial garden areas and programs were developed in 1996 under the leadership of three faculty and supported by numerous volunteers with generous financial support from the community and other non-profit organizations. In 2004, the UDC Master Gardening Program formed a partnership with the school gardening program to support and sustain the gardening program, and two Master Gardeners were assigned to work with the school.