Bookworm Gardens

Bold, fearless ideas blossoming into reality – it’s just one of the many things making Prairie’s Primary School one of the best elementary schools in Southeastern Wisconsin.

In March, representatives from Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wis., visited The Prairie School to inform the school’s 1st graders that their garden design had been selected as winner of the 2017 Readers Roundup Garden Creation Contest.

The students based their concept on Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, and used the book’s theme – that both boys and girls should be free to dream and achieve anything – as inspiration.

The annual design contest is open to Wisconsin classrooms preschool – 5th grade.  After being introduced to the book by McKenzie Weaver, Director of Prairie’s Student Research Center, the students worked with 1st grade teachers Susan Holum and Valerie Olmstead to hone their idea.  Using their own words – and a giant poster board diagram – they reported on Drum Dream Girl, and why it should be turned into a temporary garden in 2017.


The 1st graders will have the opportunity to help with construction of the garden when Prairie’s entire Primary School visits Bookworm Gardens in May.

“This has been a great experience for all of our 1st graders,” said Olmstead. “I can’t tell you how many parents have mentioned that their child could not stop talking about it.  We are very excited to visit the gardens this May.”