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The Gardens at Hunt Elementary: Cultivating Knowledge and Community Spirit

As we celebrate Earth Day this April, it's the perfect time to reflect on the growth and impact of one of the Foundation's teaching grants, the Gardens at Hunt Elementary, a project made possible through the generous support of the Cuero ISD Education Foundation and the unwavering dedication of our Cuero community.

Students are growing potatoes, carrots and onions
Students are growing potatoes, carrots and onions

In 2022, CISD educator, Christi Fuchs, planted the seeds of an idea—to create an outdoor learning space where students could connect with nature, learn about sustainability, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the environment. Little did she know that just one year later, in 2023, her vision would start to blossom with the help of a teaching grant from the Cuero ISD Education Foundation.

This grant allowed Christi to bring her vision to life by installing raised bed vegetable gardens at Hunt Elementary. These beds not only serve as a source of fresh produce but also as outdoor classrooms where students can immerse themselves in hands-on learning experiences. From planting seeds to harvesting vegetables, the Junior Master Gardener Club members have been actively involved in every step of the gardening process.

Gardening Grant Update

As we enter April 2024, we're excited to share an update on the progress of the Gardens at Hunt Elementary. Thanks to the grant received last year, the land was prepared, and the raised beds were built and installed earlier this year. In April, students filled the beds with nutrient-rich soil in preparation for planting a variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, herbs, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Additionally, the students have been nurturing Milkweed plants to support Monarch butterflies, further enriching their outdoor ecosystem.

In addition to tending to the vegetable garden, the Gardening Club has had the honor of caring for a special tree donated by the Cuero Education Foundation in memory of Debra Baros. Affectionately known as the "Hat Tree" by students, this Live Oak serves as a living tribute to Mrs. Baros and symbolizes the growth and resilience of our community.

The Gardens at Hunt Elementary are more than just a collection of plants—they're a symbol of collaboration, innovation, and community spirit. By supporting initiatives like these, the Cuero community is not only investing in the education of our youth but also fostering a deeper connection to the natural world and instilling values of environmental stewardship for generations to come.

Become a Part of Our Enduring Legacy

As we look ahead to the future, we invite you to join us in supporting the Cuero ISD Education Foundation. Whether through sponsorship or attendance at events like the upcoming Concert for Classrooms featuring the Bee Gees Tribute Band, Night Fever, or through direct donations via our website, your support makes projects like the Gardens at Hunt Elementary possible.

Together, we can continue to nurture the minds of our students and cultivate a brighter, greener future for our community. Happy Earth Day, Cuero!

About the Cuero ISD Education Foundation

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization that shares a mission of enhancing opportunities for Cuero public schools by working to increase private and corporate support for educational activities, supporting activities not funded by tax dollars, fostering creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement, and awarding Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.

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