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Muir Elementary School hosted a huge garden build on Friday June 7th. As part of the GROW Pilot, funded by the Madison Community Foundation, Muir's GROW team, led by teachers Jen Greenwald and Krystal Groth, has worked tirelessly this semester to plan, design, and install a large vegetable garden and outdoor classroom space. Community member and student input were essential in developing the final garden plan. Every student at Muir had the opportunity to join in the fun and came out in shifts throughout the day to dig in the dirt and help transport mulch and garden soil, or plant vegetables. In an effort to engage the school community and maintain the garden, Muir families have signed up to water and weed the garden throughout the summer months.

The Madison GROW (Grass Roots | Outdoor Wonder) Coalition brings together students, families and community members to foster learning in an outdoor environment and encourage child development and sustainable living.

The build was sponsored by CUNA Mutual who brought 100 CUNA employee volunteers, donated wheelbarrows, and purchased healthy snacks for all of Muir's students and garden volunteers. Bunky’s Café donated hummus and yogurt dip as an addition to the snacks. Find out more about the GROW Pilot at http://growmadison.net/growmmsd-pilot.