Grow your own food AND help raise funds for the Outdoor Classroom!

Teach your kids how to grow food by renting a Mary Lin Garden bed this summer!!! Students planted various veggies and flowers in our current garden: peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, cucumbers, squash, zinnias, and cosmos. All vegetables were started as seedlings, but the zinnias and cosmos were seeded. This is a great way to have fresh organic veggies this summer and to have your children involved with the garden! Don’t worry if you will be away part of the summer. ‘Garden families’ are happy to water for each other. You can even share a bed with another family. Planted Bed rentals are $75 and unplanted beds in the NEW garden are $60. They will be ready for planting soon! We will use these funds to help our students learn and grow in the garden during the school year.

First come, first served! Make out your check to “Mary Lin Elementary”, write “Summer Garden Bed’ in the comment line, and place it in the P.T.A. mailbox marked “GREGG RICE” or deliver to teacher Gregg Rice. 

Questions to OR Mary Lin Garden Club Chair, Andy Woodworth


May 13th UPDATE:

216! That’s the total number of pairs of sneakers Mary Lin families recycled via Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. These awesome Mary Lin students delivered 11 huge bags of used sneakers to Niketown where they’ll be ground up and recycled into sports fields and playground surfaces! Big thanks to Julie Roseman, Merri Neff, Jennifer Silver, Jenny Rutherford and Mary Lin students Molly Silver, Lily Neff and Nai Abboushi for sneaker wrangling and counting. Thanks to all of you that participated! #gogreen #renewreuserecycle#everydayisearthday

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Bring us your old stinky sneakers! In celebration of Earth Day, we are collecting and recycling used athletic shoes during morning drop off and pick up in front of school from April 24-28th. Thanks!


Playground Work Day – Spring Break!

Thanks to all the hardworking families and Cub Scout Pack 586 for coming out to our Playground Work Day on the last day of Spring Break! We owe a big thank you to Georgia Landscape Supply for their very generous donation of mulch. Parents and students mulched, picked up garbage, re-cemented the Giant Chess Set and fixed other parts of our beautiful playground.

Did you see our new water fountain? Our students can stay hydrated while having fun on our Mary Lin playground.

Additional thanks to Jane Smith, Sam Heys, Bill Gordon, Annsley Klehr and Julie Roseman for setting up today’s Playground Work Day.



Well, first it’s time to it clean up! We are so excited to start construction on our new Mary Lin Learning Garden next month! The students will be using our current beds for Spring/Summer Plantings in a few weeks.

Thanks to the group of parents and students who came out on Saturday, March 25th to get the beds fresh and ready to go. 

Are you interested in being part of the Mary Lin Garden Club? Please contact Andy Woodworth, Garden Club Chair or 404-759-3826  Parents and students welcome!

Summer Garden Bed Rental info coming soon…


Eagle Scout Project – Habitat Clean Up

Ben Shipp, a local high school Boy Scout, worked hard in the Mary Lin Habitat this weekend (3/12-3/13). For his Eagle Scout project, Ben is cleaning up our outdoor amphitheater classroom and will be building and installing new picnic tables in the next two weeks!

Check out his hard work:
– Screwed down a board that was sticking up from the deck
– Put a new seat on the broken bench
– Scrubbed the entire chalk board and got rid of the mold and algae growing on it
– Cleaned the chalkboard and left us a new box of chalk!
– Picked up trash from the entire site
– Swept off the platform and the seats


Ben and fellow Boy Scouts had their second work day on Saturday, March 25th and built 4 wood picnic benches for our Habitat!


Our amphitheater and Habitat look so much better now! We can’t wait for the students and teachers to use the cleaned up space when it gets warmer out.
Thanks Ben!!

Mary Lin Education Foundation grants $25,000 to the Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden

Mary Lin Education Foundation granted $25,000 for the implementation of Phase 1 of our school’s new Outdoor Classroom. The Mary Lin Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden will provide students with real-life experiences, outdoor labs, observations and investigations that will assist our students in the learning process. All subjects or curriculum can be presented in an outdoor classroom and all ages can take advantage of learning in the great outdoors. The funds will be used to widen and grade the hill by the art room patio, mitigate erosion and drainage problems, remove and replace some trees, and provide new planting areas and pathways. Additionally, we plan for new seating for the art room patio as well as the Mary Lin Habitat so that students can participate in hand-on learning in a natural wetland area like they did for many years pre-construction.

Thank you to MELF for your support and to the parents, staff, students and community for their generous contributions to our annual Rocket Fuel Fund!

Mary Lin Outdoor Classroom & Learning Garden Construction Update

Mary Lin Parents and Outdoor Classroom Committee Members, Julie Roseman and Tamara Jones, attended the Atlanta Urban Design Commission public hearing on February 8th  at City Hall. Our Application for a Review and Comment for site work was approved. Now we submit for a permit, get a bid from a contractor and hopefully start construction soon!! Thanks again to our school community and the Mary Lin Education Foundation for a $25,000 grant so we can get started!