Can we meet the Mayor's challenge?
The garden at Barre City Elementary and Middle School is unfunded in the school budget. However, the citizens of Barre, the school staff and garden volunteers value the opportunity for students to experience raising a wide variety of produce which is served in the school cafeteria. To make that happen, many small donors have made financial contributions for operating costs. But the project in front of us will require professional help and substatial funding.
Unfortunately, the garden is not easily accessible for students and staff that have mobility challenges. Our project will provide an even, smooth and safe surface for people who use wheelchairs, walkers, etc so that they may experience gardening with their classmates. The entry way will be paved and then branch off in two pathways. One paved path will lead to the accessible gardening beds and the other path will lead to our perennial flower beds.
Citizens, service clubs and businesses from Barre and beyond have already raised over $9,000 dollars to increase accessibility for all who use this beautiful garden.
Thom and Karen Lauzon have personally donated $1,000.
Thom has pledged ANOTHER $1,000 if this last $3,800 can be raised by Town Meeting Day!