This post was contributed by Holly Rice, NCEA Monarch Grant Program Teacher Leader.
A lot of progress has been made in the past month with St. Elizabeth’s school courtyard. We tilled the ground and added new soil. Rain in the past week has slowed progress but sunny skies are predicted for the future! A local nursery has started the plants, including milkweed, and once they are ready, we will begin planting. We are also adding two smaller gardens to plant milkweed. Students have been learning about butterfly migration and factors that affect migrations. Teachers and students continue to focus on how all of God’s creations need to be cared for. During our Saturday courtyard renovations, parents, teachers, and students have developed a sense of community for our school. Everyone is looking forward to spring planting and watching the results of our work!
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School in Dallas, Texas, is a recipient of the NCEA Monarch Rescue Grant. Grantee schools will share monthly updates on their efforts in researching, planning, building, and maintaining the very best monarch-friendly butterfly gardens possible. They will monitor the success or failure of the garden, learning from problems they encounter to plan improvements in subsequent years. Most important, the developing learning modules will incorporate Catholic social teaching on stewardship of the resources God has provided us.