End of year site visit- Loyola School

June 4, 2014


Year End Visit to Loyola School  

On Friday June 6, 2014, the EcoHuertos program met with Diana Murcia who is in charge of the school garden at Loyola School. The progress of the garden throughout the school year was evaluated in preparation for the next term. 

Professor Murcia said the following:

1-The students worked enthusiastically in the garden and encouraged their parents to take an interest and help monitor and care for the garden. Several families, through their children, went on to create their own vegetable gardens at home or to revive old gardens that were already on their land. 

2-The school garden was used as a tool to support the development of skills while strengthening concepts as well as values. 

3-The garden served a practical purpose for recycling and reusing materials.  

4-Several teachers got involved in the gardening chores, which motivated others in the school to do the same. 

4-School Rector, Father Francisco Lluberes, S.J., viewed the vegetable garden as a very gratifying experience for the students who were involved and for the entire school in general. 

Professor Diana Murcia said her students gave her their own evaluation of the experience: “Everything we did in the school garden was really good. It didn’t matter that a few plants died or that some seeds never germinated. The fact that we planted them and took care of them, and that we were able to think and plan what we would do and resolve any problems, all that was important for us.” 

Since its inception the program has created a total of 26 vegetable gardens across the country in the provinces of Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Cristobal, Baní, Monte Plata, and Azua.

9 Private Schools
Babeque Secondary School
Loyola School
Centro Educativo Los Prados
Rene Descartes School
Calasanz School
Saint George
New Horizons
Escuela Hogar del Niño
Centro Educativo Quisqueya

10 Public Schools:
Fray Ramón Pane School
El Llano Elementary School
Canadá School
Las Barreras Elementary School
Capotillo Education Center
Ave María Polytechnic School
Republic of Paraguay School
Youth in Development School
Quisqueya Education Center
Braulio Paulino Polytechnic School
Unión Panamericana Secondary School
Escuela Básica Concepción Bona

6 Community Centers:
Club Banreservas
Women’s Association of La Nueva Esperanza
Children International’s Community Center in Bayaguana
Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation
Batey 50 (El Seibo)

5 Family gardens:
Figuereo and Yumary Castillo Family
Bernardina Agramonte Family
Matos Vargas Family
Stalin Feliz Beltré Family
Ramón Rodríguez Bueno


Banco de Reservas
Children International
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Centro Cultural Perelló
Red Nacional de Apoyo Empresarial a la Protección Ambiental