Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Register
FLOR 500 Gardens
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   


View all (152) posts »

419 Betty Mae Jumper

Posted By Desiree McElroy, Saturday, November 30, 2013

 Miami Palmetto Middle School Garden

7351 SW 128th Street Pinecrest, FL

The important Floridian I was assigned is Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, who was the first and only female chief of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. She was also the first Florida Seminole to learn to read and write English, so I decided to honor Betty Mae Jumper at my old school, Miami Palmetto Middle School.  Jumper started to learn English at age 14 and when most kids are 14 they are in their last year of middle school, eighth grade. Palmetto Middle School is very opened to teaching children who don’t know English as their first language. They have many ESOL (the English Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Palmetto, which really encouraged me to want to plant this particular garden there. I got permission to plant this garden right in the front of the school where the welcome sign is. They used to have plants around the sign but they have not re-grown any for many years, not even when I was going to school there. So not only did I help spread a little bit of history on this school, I also got to fix a very old, ugly, dead section of the school and make it new and beautiful again.  The principal of this school, Mr. Cromer, was particularly impressed with what I did so he came out when the garden was finished to personally thank me for my kindness. So much good came out of this project that I never would of thought of doing if it wasn’t for this class. I couldn’t be any happier with the outcome.

 Attached Thumbnails:

 Attached Files:

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


 Reclamation Project

 NYFA sponsored-artist participatory eco-art projects


Native Flags   






 ©2008-2014 Xavier Cortada. All text content, videos, and images are the property of Xavier Cortada.

Any reproductions, revisions or modifications of this website without expressed consent of Xavier Cortada is prohibited by law.