Schools & Youth
As part of our mission to beautify Bucks County, Bucks Beautiful strives to plant the horticultural seed in our youth, for they are truly the future. We do this in various ways, such as:
- Scholarships to Bucks County students pursuing study in horticulture and associated fields.
- Engage with schools to provide opportunities for children to learn about gardening, such as the second-grade class of Willow Dale Elementary School in fall of 2017. The kids really enjoyed the experience as shown by the almost 100 handmade Thank You notes sent to us; sweet little works of art!
- Bucks Beautiful has a history of providing support for public gardens. In 2017, we expanded our community garden support to provide our first educational garden at Central Bucks West High School. Westylvania is the inner courtyard garden at West, where Vice Principal Cantrell works with his students, Matt Benzie from Indigenous Ingenuities and other volunteers to create a peaceful native habitat that is beautiful to view from inside the building as well as function as an outside classroom. Another school garden installation we provided was for the New Hope-Solebury Middle School.
- In November 2019, Bucks Beautiful donated 5,000 daffodil bulbs to Bridge Valley Elementary School in Furlong. This important project was to memorialize student Aum Kalanuria, a first grader who tragically passed away 6 months before. Students participated by planting a portion of the bulbs near the flag pole in honor of their former classmate. We installed a memorial planting at Groveland Elementary School in Doylestown in 2018. We were honored to bestow the school families with these perennial blooms as an everlasting tribute to their lost students.
- In November 2021, Bucks Beautiful hosted “Daffodils for Dominic” at Kutz Elementary School in Doylestown. Ten thousand bulbs were installed on school grounds to memorialize former student Dominic Liples, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016. Students, staff, friends and family members participated by hand planting 500 daffodils in honor of Dominic around the school flagpole. Please visit www.prayfordominic.com to learn how Dominic’s legacy continues through philanthropic efforts benefitting pediatric brain cancer research, and oncology patients at CHOP.