Skinner’s New Garden: A Place to Learn and Grow

Scorpion Botanic Garden – Help is needed!

Skinner’s Special Education class and teacher have launched a very exciting project and we need the community’s help!

The garden is intended to be a place to learn and grow for Skinner’s  Multi-Intensive special education class.  Specifically the garden will teach  math, science and life skills in a practical and fun way.

The students and their teacher, Ms. Jamie Kitchen, have already put in a lot of effort to make this happen. The DPS Facility Management Office has approved the site at the school and the DPS Sustainability Office, which oversees all gardens at DPS schools, is helping to guide this effort.  They have been a big help to Ms. Kitchen and the students in figuring out what to plant, garden design, etc.

On Monday, May 13, all Skinner students were able to enjoy a free dress day (out of dress code) with a minimum $1 donation to the garden.  Skinner’s 6th grade honors science class is also helping the special ed class with this project. Other groups have also helped including the Grands, the grandparent and community elder group who do volunteer activities at the school and Ms. Kitchen has already signed parents up to help with the watering during the summer when school will be closed. As you can see, while this is specifically for the special education class, the entire Skinner family is supporting this project.

Skinner’s corporate partner, Zachry Engineering (, has made a generous donation of the funds necessary to build a fence around the garden.  Additionally, Taming Nature Garden Center (38th & Clay) and Home Depot (Wadsworth & 52nd) have donated supplies.

Two weeks ago, the class walked up and down a few of the bustling streets of the Highlands neighborhood asking neighbors and local businesses if they would help fund our garden and received almost $200 in cash donations to purchase supplies. “We also passed out flyers and talked to people about our garden plans. It was a great afternoon to practice our communication skills and get people interested in what Skinner is doing,” said Ms. Kitchen

If you are interested in donating to this amazing project, please see below for the items we still need. Any help is appreciated and gently used items are welcomed.

The primary need is for funding to complete the garden. We need approximately $300 more for the garden, as well as the items listed below.  Please contact Ms. Kitchen at or 720-424-1513 to donate.  Please also see the class blog at for updates and more photos.

DONATIONS NEEDED (New or gently used items are great!):

Cash donations of any amount ($300 total needed)

Soil (100 40lb bags)

Cinder Blocks (224)

Garden Trowels (15)

Large Shovels

Gardening Gloves (20 pairs)

Hand Held Weeding Forks (10)

Large Watering Cans (5)

Garden Hose (1)

Garden Hose Reel (1)

Nozzle/Wands for Hose (1)

Bricks or Composite Boards for Lining Planting Areas

Garden Signs

Ground Stakes to Label Plants (30)

Picnic Tables/Benches/Items for Sitting Areas

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