Sydney & Leah, Georgetown, ON
High school students Sydney and Leah believe that a lot of young people spend so much time in front of screens and cell phones, they have become disconnected from nature. So, working with the students at Park Public Elementary School in Georgetown, Ontario, the duo built six raised planter beds that will house a variety of plants and flowers. Each grade will decide what they’d like to see growing in their planter, from an assortment of herbs to peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Sydney and Leah called their initiative The Garden of Hope, as they believe it will allow students to engage with nature and learn about sustainability while gaining practical gardening skills. The energetic teens also made the most of their networks: their dads helped them build the beds, the local Home Hardware donated building materials, and the City of Halton provided three years’ worth of compost.