GRADE 9 pupils from Cebelesizwe Combined School held various Arbor Day initiatives recently, removing weeds and watering their garden. The vegetable garden project began during Mandela Day in mid-July with the aim of giving back to the community.The school’s social science teacher, H.S. Sithole, advised and assisted pupils in developing a vegetable garden that will teach gardening skills and benefit the community in the long-run. At the beginning the task seemed almost impossible because the school didn’t have enough resources and the land was a challenge as it is situated in a very dry area. Pupils had to bring tools from home and those who had cows brought compost from home to make the project possible. Sithole mentioned the role that was played by a general worker at the school, Mr Shezi, who has been very supportive of the project.“It may seem like a small project, but we invested a lot,” said one of the pupils, who also assured us that the first harvest will go to the grandparents [in the area] who are less fortunate as that was the initial reason that the project was developed.” — Supplied.