Garden Dedicated to Family

Reeces Creek dedicates garden in family's memory
By: Todd Martin
The idea was to teach children the joys and benefits of gardening and to include the community in the process. Those plans came to joyous fruition Tuesday in the new Pointer Family Memorial Garden.
Two days before the last day of school, three children of the late Michael and Sonya Pointer gathered with a dozen students at Reeces Creek Elementary School and a few guests to celebrate a harvest.
Principal Michelle Taylor, an avid gardener, now finishing her 12th year at the school figured it was time to plant a garden.
In the planning process, she and other educators discovered how few adults and children experienced gardening personally and saw the opportunity for learning.
The school’s Fort Hood adopt-a-school unit got involved and helped position cinder blocks to form six beds. Students hauled dirt in buckets. The school district’s facilities department built a fence and installed discarded athletic field turf.
Donations and discounts allowed every student in the school to plant a seed and during the official opening students and siblings Kennith, Deja and Haleigh Pointer harvested collared greens, peppers, beats, snow peas and broccoli.
During a dedication ceremony, Taylor recalled that the late Michael Pointer was coordinator for risk management and employee relations in KISD and also served on the Reeces Creek site-based decision-making committee where his children attended school. His wife was a teacher in KISD.
“Together, Mr. and Mrs. Pointer served KISD for close to 30 years,” Taylor said, “and Mr. Pointer did much to bring members of our district together. He was at every kickball game, bowling tournament and district run encouraging everyone to do their best.”
“I told the Pointers,” Taylor said, “I want you to have a place to come anytime and think about your parents.”
“We’re grateful for the support from the school,” said Kennith Pointer, noting that they live in the neighborhood where Reeces Creek is located. “I think it’s great they are teaching skills like gardening that students can do.”
“I think it was awesome,” said fifth-grader Caley Linzmayer, one of the students involved in the dedication and the first harvest. “It’s awesome that the garden is dedicated to a family. I like that these vegetables and fruits can feed others in the Reeces Creek community.”
“It’s really cool,” said fifth-grader Aiden Mahoney. “It’s helping people, giving families food and comfort. It’s cool to see how it turned out.”