School adds butterfly garden for students

Photo provided by JENNA BLADES -- Hammond Westside builds butterfly garden -- Several sixth-grade students enjoy a new space to read, study, and reflect before the end of the 2012-2013 school year. From left on the ground are Derrick Miller and Barioun Weary. Seated are D'Avianne Robertson, Stannisha Henry and Jasmine Alexander. Show caption
Photo provided by JENNA BLADES -- Hammond Westside builds butterfly garden -- Several sixth-grade students enjoy a new space to read, study, and reflect before the end of the 2012-2013 school year. From left on the ground are Derrick Miller and Barioun Weary. Seated are D'Avianne Robertson, Stannisha Henry and Jasmine Alexander.

Hammond Westside Montessori School added a new butterfly garden in May for sixth-grade students.

Both the students and the staff created the area from donations from the sixth-grade students, teacher Becky Tobin and teacher Brandy Huguet.

Tobin said a butterfly garden was needed to beautify the space between the fifth- and sixth-grade hallways. The students, Tobin and Huguet created the garden patio by laying stepping stones and creating small flowerbeds on the outer edges. They planted flowers to attract butterflies. The bench, chair and welcome sign were donated by Tobin.