PTA dad leads VSE kids in native garden project

By: 
Jill Meier, BV Journal editor

Ron Peterson, a dad of four and Valley Springs Elementary PTA member, took charge of the organization and planting of a wildflower/pollinator garden on the school grounds. Peterson enlisted the help of Kayla Jacobs (from left), PTA parent Tanya Jacobson, Charlie Peterson, Gage Morris, Samantha Moris, Lola Peterson, Holly Jacobson and Gaven Morris to plant the garden on June 16. Submitted photo

When the kids return to classes at Valley Springs Elementary this fall, they’ll take notice of more than just the “Welcome Back” banners, smiling teachers and polished hardwood floors. They’ll also see a garden of blooming native wildflowers and prairie grasses.

Landscape designer Ron Peterson, who also happens to double as a parent and member of the Valley Springs Elementary PTA, took charge of the educational wildflower/pollinator garden that’s sprouting colorful blooms on the west side of the building just outside the door of the kindergarten room.

“I’ve had four kids go through this school, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do to help the kids and the school,” he said.

With the administrative OK to move forward with the project, Peterson enlisted the help of seven VSE students – Kayla Jacobson, Charlie Peterson, Gage Morris, Samantha Morris, Lola Peterson, Holly Jacobson and Gaven Morris – and Tanya Jacobson, a parent and PTA member, to plant the native garden. The young landscapers worked side by side on Friday, June 16, rooting about 40 plants in the soil, he said.

“The PTA helped fund the plants and the materials to build the bed, and the kids, they supplied the labor,” Peterson said.

Peterson chose to use native plants because of the push to help re-populate Monarch butterflies and honey bees, which are in decline.

Peterson said he was also elated to do his part as a PTA dad.

“I did it more than for just, let’s go plant some flowers,” Peterson said. “There were a couple different motives. First, it helps encourage the kids to get outside to enjoy and appreciate nature, and secondly, we were able to create something that the kids will learn from and enjoy for years to come.”

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