Ray celebrates garden completion

Staff Writer

After months of hard work and many labors of love, the William Ray School Garden has been completed thanks to a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC).

As part of the 57th Street Beautification Project, the SECC partnered with the University of Chicago (U. of C.) to build and grow a blossoming garden at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. The garden sits on the school’s South Side, facing 57th Street.

The garden, whose design was created by Kathleen Golomb from the U. of C. and representatives from Brickman Landscaping Co., includes trees, bushes, shrubs and bright perennials. Since July, volunteers on the Ray School Garden Committee have been donating their time and tools to make the garden as beautiful and alive as possible.

“This project is important because it involves the school, volunteers and the community,” said Garden Committee member Kathy Huff.

The garden will officially be inaugurated, Thursday, at Ray School from 5 p.m. -6 p.m. during a celebratory ceremony.