Schools in Bloom

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Participating Schools 2017

A.N Myer Secondary

Cherrywood Acres Elementary

Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary

Greendale Elementary

Kate S. Durdan Elementary

Notre Dame Catholic Elementary

Princess Margaret Elementary

Riverview Elementary

Saint Michael Catholic High School

Saint Patrick Catholic Elementary

Saint Paul Catholic High School

Simcoe Street Elementary

Stamford Collegiate Secondary

Victoria Elementary

Westlane Secondary

Overview

Each year the City of Niagara Falls Park in the City Committee and the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture organize the Niagara Falls Schools In Bloom Program. This program gives schools across the city the opportunity to participate in rewarding activities to landscape and beautify their schoolyard areas, while continuing to learn about horticulture and the environment.

Ultimately, the purpose of the Niagara Falls Schools In Bloom program is to educate, cultivate and participate: Educating students about the exciting world of horticulture, cultivating not only gardens but friendships as well and participating in the improvement of our school environments and our community as a whole. For the most part, projects are student driven. As a result, students develop a sense of pride and ownership for their school and work. At the same time, they are taught responsibility, perseverance, teamwork and respect for the environment; skills which are truly essential to their personal and professional development.  Presently, the Niagara Falls Schools In Bloom program involves Niagara Falls high schools and elementary schools who have committed to the project.

How does it work?

All catholic and public high schools and elementary schools in Niagara Falls qualify for the program.  An online submission must be completed in order to be accepted into the program.  The online form will request information on a horticulture plan that you and your student team want to implement during the up-coming spring season.  Please keep in mind, that the intent of the program is further student learning in the environment and horticulture, not to be viewed as a funding outlet to beautify the school surroundings.  All projects are to involve student input and implementation.  Project examples can include a basic flower bed or the creation of a vegetable garden.  Peace gardens can be consider and even elaborate projects, such as an outdoor learning space may excite your students.  However, if your plan is to attempt something large, such as an outdoor learning centre, you should consider dividing the project up into phases over a few years and ensure your students will be able to implement your project.  

Once registered into the program, you will then be contacted by City Staff and sent program information that includes all particulars of the program. By entering into the program, schools will receive donations of monetary funding, gift certificates to acquire complimentary soil, compost and plant material.  Donors may give tools too.  Your school will also receive support from Schools-In-Bloom Committee Volunteers who can advise on "how to" ideas for projects. They can assist you throughout the process to ensure your project is successful.  Keep in mind, that it will be the school's responsibility to be able to acquire supplies from funders.  Access to a truck will be vital for this purpose.

Next steps is to establish a team made up of students and volunteers to help design your project, coordinate donation pick-ups and establish planting days.  Your assigned Schools-In-Bloom Committee Volunteer will be available for you to ask questions along the way.  The idea is to have your project (or phase) completed by early June. This is when the Committee will come to your school for a few minutes to see what you have accomplished.  All participating schools will be recognized at a special Schools In Bloom Ceremony at the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture the week after the school visits.  

Registering Your School for 2018

Registration for 2018 will be available late fall/winter of 2017.  For questions in regard to the 2018 application, please email Jeff Guarasci or call 905-356-7521 ext.3341. 

Types of Projects

We are committed to having experienced horticulturalist volunteers help schools with specific projects.  Schools will be asked to indicate what their project will focus on.  Here is a brief breakdown of the 3 areas:

  1. Beautification & Landscaping:  A project that may include designing and building a new flower bed or remodelling an existing courtyard.  Any projects that deal with landscaping strictly for appeal would fall under this category.
  2. Nutrition - planting edible gardens:  Just as the description states.  Possibilities are working with other departments, such as your culinary team or partnering with a local food bank to help develop these gardens.  Examples can be an interior wall garden or a garden on wheels to bring from class to class.
  3. Environmental Initiatives:  These would be projects that concentrate on the environment.  Whether you would like to take on a tree planting initiative or want to enhance your schools recycling system.  Other ideas can include designing naturalized garden areas that attract wildlife, building a small interior greenhouse, etc.

We Want To See What You Have Accomplished

Near the end of the school year, the Schools In Bloom Committee makes an effort to see what your school has been doing with your projects.  This is not an evaluation, but just a viewing to see how things are going.  The visit is a short 10 - 20 minute viewing of your project.  Schools are not requested to prepare anything for this visit…just show us around!  Committee members will be taking pictures of your project.  These pictures will be displayed at the ending ceremony. City Staff will connect with each school to develop a visiting schedule for the day.  Please make a representative or many representatives for your school available for this visit.  

We Want to Recognize You

Each year, participating schools in the program are recognized for their project accomplishments.  Members of Council, Media, Sponsors and Volunteers join the schools in celebration.  The 2017 Recognition Ceremony took place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, located beside the Butterfly Conservatory on the Niagara Parkway.  

Program Partners

Many thanks to our generous partners for the 2016 program:

  • The Park in the City Committee
  • Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Niagara Falls Horticultural Society
  • Gauld Nurseries
  • Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.
  • Walker Industries and Environmental Group
  • Home Depot
  • Land Care Niagara
  • City of Niagara Falls

Have A Question?

We are here to ensure you have all the answers you need to implement a successful project.  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 905-356-7521 ext.3341 or send us an email.