Grout Learning Garden Renovation

Help us provide an engaging outdoor space for our wonderful students and teachers to thrive.

After over ten years of use, the well-loved garden beds at Grout Elementary are rotting out.  They need to be replaced before kids come back to school and spring planting begins.  We took this opportunity to reimagine the garden space for outdoor learning, garden education and growing productivity.  Our school community recently voted on an innovative new design.  It’s time to bring it to life!

Our goal is to:

  - Remove rotten garden beds
  - Build the new redesigned layout
  - Arrange an inviting outdoor classroom space
  - Provide excellent in-person garden education to our K-3 students

We’re the Garden Club at Grout Elementary. We are teachers, parents and garden educators striving to provide a safe outdoor learning space for students returning this spring.  Our public school is nestled in SE Portland's diverse Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.  Grout students speak over 20 languages.  The garden serves as a vibrant hub connecting members of our community to each other and to healthy food.   The Grout PTA partners with Grow Portland to provide high quality, culturally responsive garden education for all K-3 students.  

As the pandemic closed our schools last spring, the garden kept going -- and Grow Portland saw an opportunity.  Together with dedicated teachers and parents, Grow Portland used the Grout Learning Garden to produce over 600 lbs of food which was donated to families in the community.  

With your donation, we can renovate the Grout Learning Garden into an even more beautiful, productive, and safe space for our community. 

What your DONATION  provides:

$20 - one year of garden education for a student
$50 - fill a bed with fresh compost
$100 - build a garden bed

Thank you for helping our community!


Thanks to the amazing community support, we have almost reached our original goal!   
We increased our goal to $5,000, which will allow us to pay for the renovation and a full year of high quality garden education for all K-3 students through our partnership with Grow Portland
Any and all funds raised will be used for the Grout Learning Garden, including education and maintenance.

Donations (79)

  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Amy Melcher
    • $60 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $120 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team (4)

Grout PTA
Raised $460 from 9 donations
Portland, OR
PTA Oregon Congress (Grout Elem Pta Da)
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Erica Keeley
Team member
Raised $950 from 9 donations
Renee Laney
Team member
Raised $520 from 4 donations
Lisa Van Clock
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
This team raised $3,120 from 56 other donations.

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