In May of last school year, I completed a long-a-waiting project that I had also written a $5,000 grant for. Students helped install and plant our one-of-a-kind Living Wall, designed and created by LEAPforPurpose, a national organization focusing on bringing clean air into buildings through use of environmental planting. The idea of the wall is that it’s self-sustaining, other than replacing the water when it’s low. Students can re-design the placement of plants on the wall in an artistic composition. Science curriculum teachers can use the wall to help support their instruction. Parents can enjoy the aesthetic appeal. And clean air can be enjoyed by everyone.
Of course it’s one-of-a-kind and the first of it’s kind, definitely in schools. So we’re still working out the planting kinks.
But that doesn’t take away from how awesome it is – and how art and science combines are a force to be reckoned with.