Harwich Elementary School Upgrades Courtyard Garden

HARWICH – The garden courtyard at Harwich Elementary School will now be a welcoming place for area birds and other wildlife after a collaborative effort from local businesses and organizations.

Fourth grade students recently participated in a project to build, paint, and install a dozen birdhouses in the courtyard garden.

Volunteers from Polhemus Savery DaSilva builders donated their time to help the students build and paint the birdhouses, and then worked with students to place and install them in the garden area.

The materials were part of a grant from The Garden Club of Harwich to recertify the Harwich Elementary School garden as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat.

The fourth graders researched native birds and their habitats and The Garden Club shared their expertise on the types of birdhouses to attract specific species.

Chickadees and goldfinches were identified and houses were designed to suit them.

This is the latest project to develop the school’s garden courtyard.

In recent years students and volunteers have cleaned out the area and created raised beds. The Harwich Garden Club has provided grants and the PTO donated tables for outdoor classes.

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