This summer Northside's Elementary School PTO along with many different entities including Cemstone and the City of St. James have helped begin the process of building a garden in front of The main office as a way of beautifying the front of the school. 

Yesterday the PTO was presented with a check from Compeer Financial for $2500 to help with the funding needs of the garden. 

The grant was one of 49 across Illinois Minnesota and Wisconsin that gave away $250,000 to different youth projects in Rural America. 

Check out next week"s Plaindealer for a full story  about Northside's new garden.