Foothills Garden Opening Ceremony

On Monday morning, the day after Earth Day, I had the pleasure of attending the Foothills Elementary Garden Opening Ceremony at Foothills Elementary. My toddler son tagged along, and we both had a great time watching all the students!

We started the morning in the school gym, where I was told they start every school day to have their Morning Meeting before going to their classrooms. After some announcements and the pledge of allegiance, the entire student body went out to the area near the garden to listen to speakers and see the garden. I was so impressed by the way the students were all so engaged in what was happening!

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Diane speaking to the group

Outside, many parents and community members joined the students, teachers, and staff of Foothills. There were invited guest speakers from the Jeffco School Board, Mayor Adam Paul, principals from other Green Mountain area schools, and Diane Rhodus, an instrumental part of the project and a Lakewood Connects Board Member. Amazing job Diane! Reg Cox, Lakewood Connects Executive Director was also invited to sit among honored guests during the opening ceremony.

Large group photo in the garden

All the people that made the garden happen!

This project and this ceremony was a true collaboration on every level. As an outsider, there just as a Lakewood Connects board member and community member to support this work, I was amazed at what is happening here. The sense of community is incredible, and it’s something I hope that my child and my family gets to experience someday. The connections between schools, government, businesses, and churches truly make a difference in the lives of people in Lakewood. I’m thankful to call this city home, thankful to call Diane and Reg friends, and thankful that projects like this ultimately bring glory to God through His people.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the students grow in the garden and how it grows our community!

Courtney Drysdale
Lakewood Connects Board Member