Great things happen when a community collaborates to get something done! That's exactly what happened over the summer for Atholton's native garden, planted by the fifth grade this past spring. While all plants in the garden are indeed native plants, needing much less water to survive than non-native plants, it is important to establish the plants during their first summer so their roots have a chance to grow to reach a natural water source. Many families of Atholton worked together this past summer to ensure our native plants were well cared for, passing the hose key along to the next family after a four-day adoption was completed by each family. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following families & groups for dedicating their time and efforts to Atholton's native garden this past summer: The Seiferts, the Masons, the Shmelevs, the Deckers, the Starks, the Proctors, the Alstons, the Abernethys & Girl Scout Troop 1266, the Bergmanns, the Dalys & Girl Scout Troop 703, the Millers, the Mansolillos, the Fulbrights, the Biedermans, the Reeves family, the Stoners, the Trans, and the Cheers family. Wow! We are a caring AES community; that is for sure! If any of the above families have photos of their time in the garden, and they'd like to share them, please send copies to Mrs. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!