Thanks to a generous donation from Marc’s, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the North Royalton City Garden Club, the North Royalton High School (NRHS) Garden Club will have hundreds of seeds to plant this spring in their collapsible greenhouse.
The NRHS Garden Club is free to join and they currently have more than 230 members. The Garden Club story is unique in itself. Teacher Tony Kleem started the club with only three students last year.. “It's a club with no cost and low commitment,” said Kleem. “All are welcome. I believe that's why it is so popular.”
“I enjoy the Little Sprouts pen pal program,” said Garden Club President Ava Hertel, who is an 11th-grade student. “We write encouraging letters to the second and fourth graders at North Royalton Elementary School.”
Any remaining seeds that are not planted inside the greenhouse will be given to the club members’ families and staff.
NRHS Garden Club members learn how to garden, care for the plants in the greenhouse, and weed during the summer or after school. They also plant flowers and vegetables around the school and at their homes. “We also have a pumpkin carving contest, fall photo contest, and a snow day photo contest, where students can win gift cards,” said Kleem. “We enjoy crafts such as making bird feeders, as well as sharing recipes.”