Volunteering & Giving
April 20, 2015

Preparing garden space and sowing seeds for learning — all in a day!

Volunteers spent one day topping a pergola, preparing beds, and sowing seeds so a Texas elementary school can have a hands-on learning garden.

Fresh air. Lifting rocks. Children getting in the dirt — with purpose!

This was no typical workday for Wells Fargo team members in Dallas, nor a typical school day for the students.

Nearly 200 volunteers teamed up with the nonprofit REAL School Gardens to create a hands-on learning garden at John Quincy Adams Elementary School in one day. Volunteers prepared planting beds, installed fence posts and flagstone walkways, and topped a pergola.

The new garden helps teachers engage students — and gives students an outdoor classroom.

REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens at low-income elementary schools and provides training to teachers so they can use the gardens for instruction and academic success.

“Looking at the bare ground was a bit intimidating at first, but once the team members got started, we finished the project ahead of schedule,” says Greer Christian, a community development officer with Wells Fargo.

The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded REAL School Gardens with a $100,000 Wells Fargo Sustainable Communities grant.