Gray Middle School Bonsai Club

$2,465 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 21 months
Created May 28, 2017
Teacher Martin Brown started the Bonsai Club at Tacoma’s Gray Middle School six years ago to try to teach his students about what it takes to grow and care for a living thing.

In the case of the bonsai, that includes copious amounts of water, pruning and patience.

“Personally, I didn’t think I could get so attached to a tree,” said Valeria Jacobo-Guzman, an eighth grader and first-year Bonsai Club member.

This year, the kids learned about something else as well: disappointment.

After months of caring for 25 trees, and just weeks before the club’s annual bonsai sale, someone twice vandalized their plants.

 
“In one day, all that work was destroyed,” Brown said this week.

Some time earlier this month, the vandal or vandals uprooted many of the club’s bonsais, which had been stored outside the school’s greenhouse along with some other plants, and left them to die. The greenhouse has not been wired for electricity, so it is not climate controlled.

The sale, which had been scheduled for June 9, has been canceled. The club had hoped to raise enough money to recoup its costs of about $500.
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I think I speak for everyone when I say, "I am stunned!" This has exceeded all my expectations.

This willingness to help and the generosity of the bonsai community speaks volumes!
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I would like to make it know, I am not the club leader. but I have reached out to make contact to the teacher Martin Brown.

I realize the there is no amount of money that the fix the loss of the trees and all the effort that went into them. At the very least I would like for all of us to help make up the loss of revenue from the canceling of the sale and the damages to the greenhouse.

lets keep this club alive!
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$2,465 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 21 months
Created May 28, 2017
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