School Grant Update

Recently Maple Wood School, Somersworth, was fortunate to receive the Carolyn Bassage Memorial School Garden Grant from the Strafford County Master Gardeners Association.

This has allowed us to expand our garden in one important way. While our garden has expanded, we have not been able to add seating to allow for more seamless integration of outdoor education.

Through this grant we were able to purchase two five-foot benches that greatly expand our seating available. These benches are all-weather benches, allowing teachers and students to enjoy the beauty of our garden in all four seasons. The benches are lightweight and easily moveable in order to be used throughout the day, regardless of where the sun or shade is.

The benches can also be moved around in order to have small group work or whole class discussions. Because the benches are backless, we can also have students use them to write on while students kneel on the ground.

In order to ensure that our benches remain in the garden area, we also purchased chains and locks.

We are very excited to have these amazing additions to our school garden and are thankful that the Strafford County Master Gardeners Association could help make it a reality.

Emily Wilson 

Grade 4 Teacher

Maple Wood School


Strafford County Master Gardeners Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is forty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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3 Responses to School Grant Update

  1. Excellent! What a great idea.

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  2. Oddment says:

    What fortunate students!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lynn Aber says:

    Such a simple thing — but could make a world of difference. Lynn Aber

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