EMA Young Hollywood Board Member and Necessary Roughness star, Mehcad Brooks, along with the LA Conservation Corps, principal Peter Pannell and PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry helped dedicate a school garden at Eliot Middle School on this rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Eliot Middle School is EMA’s 17th school garden and our largest to date, with nine drip irrigated planter beds and surrounding fruit trees. The garden was funded with a contribution from Sony Pictures and actress Cameron Diaz, who’s Bad Teacher filmed at the school.
EMA President Debbie Levin spoke about how gardens teach students about sustainability as well as healthy eating – lessons that can last a lifetime. The garden will also be used to provide hands-on science lessons for Eliot students.
Mehcad Brooks, who will stay in contact with the school as its garden mentor, also spoke and was an absolute hit with the kids. After planting a lime tree, the actor chatted with and signed autographs for enthusiastic students.
The garden was dedicated in honor of Eliot history teacher Stephen Scott Buck, who passed away in June of 2010.