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York High School Installs ADA Friendly Walkway

York Community High School recently installed a concrete sidewalk compliant with American Disabilities Act guidelines in the courtyard outside the academic building. The York Administration and Building Manager Jerry Christopherson worked together to complete the work while students and faculty were on spring break.

Members of York Garden Club, its sponsors and Elmhurst Garden Club (EGC) mentors are thrilled with this development. They have collected enough money to pay back the school for its installation. This addition completes the design plan created four years ago by Lisa Peterson, a member of EGC who also serves as a mentor to the York Garden Club. She is the owner of Botanic Designs.

Additionally, the walkway received considerable funding from the District 205 Foundation, which has been vital in planting York Garden Club's growing spaces. It was the District 205 Foundation that provided "seed capital" to build the first raised beds and instructional gardens built at York in 2014 and 2015.


York faculty members Andrew Bendelow, Lauren Yun and Ronny Rayan are the Club’s sponsors. Norma Farrell and Jan Foster, along with Lisa, were original mentors. In the recent past they have been joined by Laurie Loresch, Juluia Lamb and Jill Johnston.

The mission of York Garden Club is to create engaging educational experiences for students of all abilities; to integrate students, staff, and community groups in growing projects; to grow produce for school food service, consumer sciences, and local food pantries; to learn square-foot and other efficient garden methods; to grow native, ornamental, and sensory plants; as well as to design gardens that are sustainable, maintainable and, in the long-term, profitable.

The three established gardens of York Community High School were on Elmhurst Garden Club's Garden Walk in 2017. These gardens were constructed though an award by Whole Kids Foundation and a company-sponsored work day by PT Holdings, Inc. of Addison, IL.

“We look forward to the gardens being accessible to all students and staff members. We hope that the space will be able to be used for rest and solitude, as well as an outdoor classroom,” noted Jan Foster.

Anyone interested in seeing the gardens, may contact Andrew Bendelow at abendelow@elmhurst205.org.

About Elmhurst Garden Club

Started in 1926, the Club is more than 100 members strong and is open to anyone interested in gardening. Annual dues are $35. Most meetings are held at Wilder Mansion on the first Monday of the month. Each month, a program on content of gardening, floral design, ecology and conservation is presented. To learn more about Elmhurst Garden Club, visit: www.elmhurstgardenclub.org or the EGC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theelmhurstgardenclub.

Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Published:4/4/18
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