• Our hero: Pam Sloane, 67
• Where she lives: Greenwich, Connecticut
• How she helps: Growing the school garden movement
When Pam Sloane, a French teacher at Dolan Middle School in Stamford, Connecticut, was offered the chance to plant a small garden on school grounds in 2008, she jumped at it. So much so that she sort of overdid it. In her enthusiasm, and with the help of the school garden club, she put in more than 20 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including strawberry and tomato plants, potatoes, and parsley. “If someone gave us a packet of seeds, we planted them,” says Sloane. When the plants grew, she says, “the tall ones shielded the short ones from the sun.”
Nevertheless, the garden managed to be a huge success. The harvest was divided between the kids’ homes and the school’s kitchen, where Sloane used it to teach cooking classes. “You know you’ve done something when middle schoolers are excited about vegetable soup,” says Sloane. Encouraged, she launched the Green Initiative for Vegetables in Education (GIVE) last year to inspire nearby schools to start gardens. “Before I knew it, 20 schools had contacted me,” she says. In her director’s role, Sloane advises the schools on plotting seedbeds and helps them hunt down discounted supplies. City and local tree services donate and deliver compost and wood chips, and private donations make up the rest.
“Several people have said that if I hadn’t started GIVE, their school garden wouldn’t have happened,” says Sloane, who learned to garden during summers spent on a farm. “To me, it’s all about helping kids appreciate what the land does for us.”
For more information bout Pam Sloane and other innovative green projects, go to greentowns.com.
Know a local hero? Visit American Towns to submit your nomination: americantowns.com/powerofone.
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.
More About Inspiring Stories
What You’re Sharing
- How Presidents Met Their First Ladies: 10 True Love Stories to Make You Say ‘Awww’
- “If You Find This Letter, Then It’s For You”: What It’s Like to Write Love Letters to Total Strangers
- Real-Life Ghost Story: Her Husband Had Been Dead For a Year. Then His Handprint Appeared on the Mirror.
- The Stranger Who Changed My Life: A Short Love Story
- 12 Short, Sweet Stories About Moms (That Will Make You Want to Call Yours)