AHES Garden Wins Blue Ribbon for Second Year

AHES Garden Wins Blue Ribbon for Second Year
Posted on 11/15/2017
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Atlantic Highlands Elementary School Tiger Patch Garden is a blue ribbon winner for the second year in a row.  The garden’s two founders, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, were awarded a Blue Ribbon in the 2017 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening and Greening Contest on Novemeber 14th in Philadelphia.  Brekke and Hanlon were selected from 387 entries and recognized for their commitment to enhance their neighborhood through their work in this garden. Brekke and Hanlon also received this award in 2016. 

"Both Hope [Hanlon] and I are so honored to have won this coveted award for the 2nd year in a row! In order to win this year, we had to show that the program has grown in ways that surpasses other programs. Luckily we have a creative and supportive team of volunteers who help run the garden program as well as supportive teachers and administrators who are open to our ideas. We can't believe the program has been running with such success for the past 8 years and we look forward to many, many more years at AHES!" said Laurie Brekke.

The Tiger Patch Garden, founded in 2010 by Brekke and Hanlon’s non-profit, GoSprouts, is utilized by students and educators to learn and teach across the entire curriculum, including science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). In addition to 13 raised beds, GoSprouts is working with the school to install a certified Monarch Waystation in the Tiger Patch.

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