It looked like an old-fashioned barn raising at Hoover Elementary School in Schaumburg, as Hoover families and staff; Friendship Village residents and staff; and Lowe’s employees and business associates helped build a fence and plant a garden around the new greenhouse at Hoover.
As part of Hoover’s vision to become Math and Science Academy, Friendship Village and Hoover applied for and received a $5,000 Supergrant from the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation to erect a greenhouse on property near the school.
The Schaumburg Park District owns much of the property around Hoover School and generously allowed a portion of that park property near the greenhouse to be used for additional gardens. The planning team decided to put a fence around the perimeter of the greenhouse to contain some of the gardens.
Hoover then applied for and received a $3,500 grant from Lowe’s to further expand the garden. Principal Jake Chung and Assistant Principal Jennifer Lynn met with representatives from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Schaumburg. The garden manager at Lowe’s created a plan for the garden area, complete with vegetables, stone paths and perennial flower to attract pollinating insects. Lowe’s also provided seedlings, including peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, bee balm, phlox, eggplant and corn. Finally, Lowe’s spoke to some contractors and asked them to help build the fence.
Hoover and Friendship Village would like to thank the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation, Lowe’s Home Improvement, B&R Handyworks Extraordinaire, Lou-Bo’s Handyman Service Inc. and MCS of Illinois for their help in the barn-raising.