The students from the 3rd Grade Class of 2017-18 were asked to draw a design for a sign to be placed at PACE where the walnut trees are grown each year. It would be titled the “Gonzales Elementary Orchard”. One drawing was selected from each of ten third grade classes (approximately 220 students). The judges then had to choose one drawing that would be used to make a permanent 3 x 4 foot sign to be placed at the orchard. The winner was Layne Barnick. On April 20, 2018, Board members Fran Saliger, Arline Schacherl and David DeMent met with the Gonzales Elementary School Principal, Mr. Workman along with Dr. Stroizer, GISD Superintendent, and several other school representatives to judge the art contest held for the third grade students.
Once the sign was completed, the orchard area completed with drip irrigation, and many rain delays, the sign was dedicated on May 22, 2019 with Layne Barnick present at the orchard. This was a great day for all the Master Gardner’s who participated in making this happen. Stop by the Gonzales Elementary Orchard to see the trees which are located at 623 N. Fair Street at the PACE building, home of the Gonzales Master Gardener’s.