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C-L-K garden grows with help

June 23, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor,

On May 22, the Elementary C-L-K Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative team hosted a work bee to ready our school/community garden for this year's growing season.

The team owes a debt of gratitude to the children, families, community members, administrators, and school staff who attended.

We would like to take the time to extend a special thank you to Julie Waara, Casey Strom and Julia Clayton. Also to Joan Chadde, Shawn Opligger, and Lloyd Wescoat from the U.P. Math and Science Center, Carol Kreher from the MSU Extension, Karyn King, Steve Rozich, Julie Dlubala, Laurie Hamlin, and Julie Anttila of the C-L-K staff who put in extra hours of planning and preparing, Pat's IGA, and Frank Fiala and 5th & Elm coffee house. We extend a very special thank you to Fuzzy Anttila, whose help was indispensable.

To make our work day more festive Pete Anttila, Kevin and Katrina Maynard, Blanche and Dave Raudio, Mike Steber, Sarah Schafer, Mary Lou Pesola and Brooke Basto lent us their musical talents. The work flew by as their tunes filled the air.

Thank you to Ray Sharp and the U.P. Health Department which has supported our project through the Healthy Kids/Healthy Communities program. We also received support through the National Gardening Association's Adopt-A-School-Garden program.

The day was such a beautiful amalgamation of community members. Watching everyone work side by side was such a wonderful sight to see and one we hope to continue to see for many years to come.

A thank you goes out to Darryl Pierce and the C-L-K School Board for its continued support and interest in our project and to our BHK Great Explorations program which undertakes the continued care of the gardens during the summer months, when school is not in session.

We would also like to thank Pat and Gary Hughes for allowing so many of our classes to come and visit their farm in order to learn and investigate.

If you are a community member who would like to adopt and care for a "square foot garden," we still have a few beds available. If you are interested please call the school at 337-0311.

To find out more about the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative please visit

Stacy Lancour

Third grade teacher

C-L-K Elementary School




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