Zeekoevlei Primary School in Lotus River hopes to use its new garden to teach learners about being responsible. The school transformed an open space within its premises when a local business, JTC Fund Solutions, donated over 100 plants on Saturday 20 July.The donation was in line with the Mandela Month celebration.The company’s staff and Grassy Park police helped the school with the planting. Two learners from each class took part in the planting.The school’s principal, Graham Ritchie says this was a much-needed initiative at the school, saying the space had stood empty since they moved in there last year.Ritchie says they made sure the learners were involved with the project before the planting began, as the plan is to challenge them to take full responsibility of what belongs to them.“The company first gave us manure and we work with them to prepare the land for planting,” Ritchie says.Learners from Grade R to Grade 7 will take turns to water and see that the garden is well taken care of.Ritchie says the plants do not need much water to grow and are suitable for drought-affected areas, meaning there won’t be excessive water usage.He says once the plants have grown and are visible from a distance, they will make the school beautiful and attractive, which he says is good for the school’s development.Ritchie thanked the police for their involvement, saying the invitation was extended for safety reasons as the event was during a weekend. However, the officers found themselves digging and getting their hands dirty. He says officers interacted with the learners too.He also expressed his sincere gratitude to the company for its continuous support and best interest in the school.Spokesperson for Grassy Park Police Station, Captain Wynita Kleinsmith says the three officers enjoyed planting and building healthy relations with the school, which is one of the areas that the station continues to prioritise. She says they seek to improve visibility in their communities.