Pupils, Parents Pamper Pes's Panther Park

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Project "Weed & Feed" might sound like a covert operation to some, but for Roger Rohrbach's fourth-grade class at Payson Elementary, it meant pulling weeds, followed by a hot dog barbecue lunch.

The summer rains and a failed water system took its toll on the school's Panther Park garden. The weeds were thicker than a jungle and taller than Rohrbach's students. Thus, the First Annual PES Panther Park Weed and Feed was born.

Students and their parents joined together Aug. 16 to conquer the jungle. Instead of machetes, the tools were rakes, shovels and a lot of old-fashioned weed pulling. The end result was a pile of weeds four feet high and a garden area ready for a worm farm and compost.

Roy Sandoval, school principal, served as chef, grilling hot dogs donated by Safeway and serving lemonade to more than 50 parents and students.

Friday morning, the students had a ceremony and planted a tree in the garden in honor of the lives lost in the Sept. 11 attack on America.

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