Students from Ashley Falls Elementary School participated in a competition to create an appealing and space- and cost-effective garden to be built at the school this year. The students worked in groups of two to three and were given a budget of $2,000. They researched garden ideas, designed a map, calculated the total cost, and added their own creative touches to their design. Each class chose its top two or three best gardens, which were then presented to school staff at a meeting. The staff chose a winning garden and then further challenged the students to work together to come up with an even better garden using all the ideas that stood out in the presentations. The winning team was awarded the title “garden directors” and were the ones making all the final decisions for the newly formed garden group. There will be a community clean-out day and building day in the coming months to put the final plans into practice.