Challenge 2- School Garden : Planning and Design Winners

Judging for our second challenge of the year was completed on 1/19 by a panel of volunteers including some amazing Master Gardeners!  They looked at garden design, plant selections and compatibility, as well as, presentation and thoroughness of the content. Using the prepared rubric for point assignments, here are the winners for Challenge 2!

High School:

                       1st Place with  370 pts.—Pickerington  H.S.  North       

                       2nd Place with 321.6 pts.—Granville H.S.                             

Middle School:

                       1st Place with 373.3 pts.—Granville M.S.                              

                       2nd Place with 353.3 pts.—Liberty M.S.                                 

                       3rd Place  with 316 pts—Licking Valley M.S.                   

Congratulations to all the schools that participated!  We look forward to sharing our expertise with the first place winners in the spring as they prepare to implement their school gardens. 


School Garden Design and Plan

Sharpen those pencils, gather some classmates and create a school garden plan and design!  Your 3 panel poster needs to tell us:

  • Why your school needs a garden (or your existing garden needs a restoration)
  • What are the goals and objectives of the garden
  • Where it will be located
  • Who will maintain the garden
  • How it will look- include a map

Don’t forget those lovely pollinators in your plans!  Entries are due Tuesday, January 12 before 5pm. 

Challenge 1 – “People and Edible Plants” Winners

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It was an lovely September (and early October) as schools submitted entries and judging ensued for this year’s Challenge 1- People and Edible Plants.  The photo essays were excellent and the judges had a very difficult time picking the winners. Entries were awarded extra points from the People’s Choice voting that was here on grounds during the Fall Festival and subsequent Arboretum all staff meeting. Great work and congratulations to our winners!

Middle School:
1st place     “From Patch to Pie”  with 107.66 points, Licking Valley Middle School
2nd place     “From Seeds to Surplus”  with 97.33 points, Licking Valley Middle School
3rd place      “Salsa” with 92.33 points, Liberty Middle School

High School:
1st place     “Tomatoes” with 108.66 points, Pickerington North High School
2nd place     “Extracts” with 99.66 points, C-TEC
3rd place     “Tea”  with 99 points, Granville High School

Remember, points will accrue  throughout the school year for all entries. Keep up the good work and urge your friends to join in the fun!

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Hello Educators and Welcome To The Fairchild Challenge!

The Fairchild Challenge fosters interest in the environment by encouraging middle and high school students to:  Appreciate the beauty and value of nature; Develop critical-thinking skills; Understand the need for biodiversity and conservation; Tap community resources; Become actively engaged citizens; and Recognize that individuals do indeed make a difference.

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  • Inspire students’ critical-thinking skills and civic engagement
  • Win prizes and recognition for both student and school achievement
  • Showcase your students’ abilities to local professionals serving as Fairchild Challenge judges
  • Challenges address many ODE standards including: language arts, science, social studies, fine arts and mathematics

Special thank you to our donors:

The Boeing Corporation and The Licking County Foundation