history of the partnership

Since 2010, the Hollin Meadows Partnership has raised over $300,000 to provide critical financial support for experiential education at Hollin Meadows Elementary School - a Title I school in Alexandria, Virginia. Below is a timeline of some milestones. 

  • 2004 - Hollin Meadows parents initiate first school garden at HMES

  • 2005-2006 - Classes begin grade-level curriculum planting

  • 2006 - First Thanksgiving lettuce harvest

  • 2007-2008 - Irrigation system installed and larger Community Garden established

  • 2009 - First Lady Michelle Obama visits HMES garden.

  • 2010 - Hollin Meadows Partnership for Science and Math Education is established to bridge the funding gap for STEM education.

  • 2016 - Partnership and Garden go fallow during school re-construction.

  • 2018 - HMES hires Outdoor Education Coordinator, Jessica Buchanan, to re-start the HMES Outdoor Education program.

  • 2018 - Partnership is re-established as the Hollin Meadows Partnership for Outdoor Education