ELGIN - Tucked between the brick walls and concrete sidewalks of the lower elementary and second grade buildings at Elgin Public Schools, exists a world of multi-colored, aromatic blooms and winged pollinators.

What once began 12 years ago as a tiny garden area when special education students planted a few vegetables inside an old tire, has since evolved and expanded across the school yard.

A collaboration between several classes has turned grassy areas into mulched beds adorned with a variety flowers and plants, bright blossoms spill over the edges of large planters and most recently, new growth has begun to fill the raised beds of a recently established Butterfly Garden.

Last year EPS was awarded with a $1,800 grant from Home Depot which provided raised beds, potting soil, several hand tools and other extras, for students to use for their gardening projects.

This year, an additional  $1,200 grant was approved by the Oklahoma City Zoo to create a Butterfly Garden in an effort to help support the Monarch butterfly population.



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