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Robert Moton Elementary 4th Grade Students WON the Garden Design Contest!

Robert Moton Elementary 4th Grade Students WON the Garden Design Contest!

Students from Robert Moton Elementary school stand in awe of the White House in Washington DC on June 9, 2011

~ Thank you for your support, we couldn’t have done it without you ~

With your support and voting, we won $10,000 in the National Garden Design Contest!!!  27 schools from around the country submitted their garden designs and the design submitted by Robert Moton received the highest number of votes,1,590.  The money we received will allow the students additional field trips to futher connect them with National parks and the outdoors.

Students spent months researching native plants and planning the gardens to surround the Visitor’s Center at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD.  Through the First Bloom grant, students brought their design to life on April 24, 2011.  Students were given a quick instruction on proper planting and mulching and then followed their design to create a striking display of plants and flowers to attract butterflies and birds.

In mid-May, we received word that we had won the contest!  Less than a month before the end of the school year, teachers and students scrambled to decide which National Park to visit and explore.  After a class vote, students decided to put some of the money toward a field trip to Washington DC.  Many of the students had never had the opportunity to see DC and had only read about it in books or seen the sites on TV.  While we were hoping to tour the inside of the White House and Washington Monument, the size of our group prevented this in the timeframe we needed.  On June 9, 2011, the 4th graders piled onto the buses and headed for DC.  A buzz of excitement and anticipation filled the air despite the heat index of over 100!  We arrived on Roosevelt Island and the students quickly hurried off of the bus.  A brief tour and history was followed by a visit to the Jefferson Memorial.  Our day continued to the Lincoln Memorial and finally to the ellipse to view the White House and Washington Monument.

Without your votes and support, the fourth graders at Robert Moton Elementary school would not have had the opportunity to stand on the historic steps of the Lincoln Memorial or view the majestic White House in person.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us this opportunity!

Lindsey Nicoli




236 East Main Street

Westminster, MD 21157

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