City donates shade structure to RYE

Published: 09 June 2017 09 June 2017

DeSoto, TX - The City of DeSoto Parks and Recreation Department donated a shade structure for the campus garden area at Ruby Young Elementary.

The structure will allow classes to take place outside and give the students shade while learning. The shade structure was officially dedicated on May 25 with city and district/campus guests on hand.

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The City of DeSoto Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Phil Lozano (far right) – along with Superintendent David Harris and Mayor Curtistene McCowan (center) and Ruby Young science teacher Patty Wallace (pink) celebrate the new shade structure at RYE donated by the City of DeSoto.

Ruby Young Medical and Environmental Sciences Magnet Academy students use the greenhouse, gardens, and outdoor learning spaces for everyday classes. The program gives students the opportunity to study different forms of clean energy (solar, wind, hydro), soil, and insects that play a vital role in the life cycle of plants, and the habitat and nutrition of small animals. Students are active in the garden where they will learn the process of planting, pruning and harvesting various crops and plant life.