In the fall of 2013, Wausau crossing guards went home with fresh-made pickles, and local residents opened their doors to bags full of vegetables following a resounding “ding-dong!” and a scampering of feet. The vegetables came with a note: “Compliments of Thomas Jefferson Elementary Garden.” The Ding-Dong-Ditch act was a Pay-it-Forward practice of the Thomas Jefferson Elementary (TJE) After-School Garden Club to show gratitude to the community that helped bring farm to school to life for students in the garden program.
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