Howell Road Elementary School Cultivates Creativity with ‘Howell Grown’ Garden Project

April 5, 2024

The spirit of community, creativity, and sustainability flourished at Howell Road Elementary School as students embarked on an inspiring journey to create their very own “Howell Grown” garden. Drawing inspiration from the school-wide read-aloud of Harlem Grown by Tony Hillery, students embraced the transformative power of gardening and collaborated with their buddies to cultivate a thriving paper garden filled with an array of vibrant vegetables.

As part of their literary exploration of Harlem Grown, which chronicles the author’s journey of transforming abandoned lots in Harlem into flourishing urban gardens, students at Howell Road Elementary School were inspired to embark on their gardening adventure. Reflecting on the significance of the Howell Grown garden project, Principal Frank Huplosky remarked, “The creation of our Howell Grown garden is a testament to the power of literature to inspire action and ignite imaginations. Through this project, our students have not only deepened their understanding of the natural world but also fostered connections with their peers and cultivated a sense of pride in their accomplishments.”