PLAINFIELD — Just about the entire student body at Brentwood Elementary School in Plainfield contributed to the creation of a new teaching garden at the school. With the help of community sponsors, the project was completed in a day.
The American Heart Association Teaching Garden was placed in the school’s courtyard. Students had a hands-on experience and will benefit from the garden as they learn about good nutritional choices.
AHA’s Jennifer Nanny works on many youth projects for the organization and was on hand to help with the project here.
“One of the criteria to get a teaching garden is that you have community support,” she said. “And Duke jumped right in. This school has a very supportive team. Brentwood is also a long time Jump Rope for Heart school. We put this project together very quickly because they wanted to get started in this spring growing season. The kids are having so much fun.”
The school’s PTO president, Andi Solero, said the AHA and heart health has a special meaning to her family. Her husband, Dan, survived a heart attack just over a year ago.
“At 40, my husband’s cholesterol level was over 400,” Solero said. “My dad is a physician said he would have a heart attack. I’m just glad I knew the signs.”
She said last July she and her husband were at home working.
“He said, ‘My jaw hurts. Will you take me to prompt med?’” she said. “I asked why would he would want to go to prompt med for that? And he yelled, ‘please just take me.’ I thought, ‘Oh, you’re also agitated.’”
She said her husband is normally laid back and very quiet, but was very outspoken during this incident.
“I asked my older son to watch his sister and we went to St. Francis,” Solero said. “We live in Mooresville, so we went to the hospital there. I told him I thought he was having a heart attack.”