Clarkdale Elementary gets surprise help for teaching garden

8:22 AM, Aug 4, 2012   |    comments
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Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell was completely submerged by flood waters last September.

AUSTELL, Ga. -- For the 11Alive Help Desk, the challenge was giving Clarkdale Elementary improvements on the outside that matched the new construction on the inside.

Marjorie Bickerstaff, Principal of Clarkdale, said what she wanted most was a teaching garden.

But it would take equipment the school did not have and could not afford.

The idea was to give build a garden that would give the youngsters hands-on experience with plants, soil, energy sources and the weather.

Atop Bickerstaff's priority list was a storage shed for tools and equipment.

The Help Desk got right on it.

We contacted the Home Depot, and within days, the shed was onsite.

Volunteers arrived to assemble it, paint it and get it ready for the first plantings.

But Clarkdale also needed a greenhouse.

The never expected that it could become a reality primarily because of cost.

Once again Home Depot stepped up.

"You are kidding. That (greenhouse) was my ultimate dream to be able to do that," Bickerstaff said.

"You have taken me by surprise. Thank you so much. It is more than I ever dreamed of," she added.

"I am totally blown away. I had no idea that you would come through with the greenhouse. I know that asking for a shed was a lot, which is beautiful, but to give us a greenhouse so we can start with the seeds and go all the way through the process and look at the sun as an energy source. I am thrilled to death for the district but most of all for my kids," Bickerstaff said.

And that's not all.

On the way seeds, fertilizers and all the plants Clarksdale students will need for a first class teaching and learning garden.




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