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  • [K-12] NJHS Women's Health Access Dress Down Day on May 29th.
  • SKAC HS Soccer 7's @ISB on May 23rd.
  • SKAC MS Basketball Finals @ISB/BFS on May 22nd.
  • KISAC MS Girls Basketball Tournament @DIS on May 17th-18th.
  • KISAC MS Boys Basketball Tournament @KISJ on May 16th-18th.
  • Don't forget your spirit shirts on Friday.
The Student News Site of Daegu International School

Jets Flyover

The Student News Site of Daegu International School

Jets Flyover

Daegu’s greatest green thumb receives high honor

City recognizes DIS and Mr. Bae for best application of grant funds amongst schools
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Tiffany Lee
Mr. Bae instructs fourth graders about the specific depth that the potatoes have to be planted in. This process ensures the robust foundation of the sapling.

As flowers bloom and birds chirp, spring arrives in Korea. To welcome the green season, elementary farmers, led by DIS Facilities Manager Mr. Bae, nourished the Early Childhood Center (ECC) gardens once more. Mr. Bae takes on this project each fall and spring to correspond with the growing season. Through consistent hard work, Mr. Bae and DIS received the Daegu Mayor Award for the success of the school vegetable gardens. 

Back in 2021, Mr. Bae and the main office registered for the “School Vegetable Garden Establishment/Operation Support Initiative” program at the Dong-gu district office. Out of all the applicants, 27 other schools received government funds to replenish the school’s green space. With the endowment, institutions created their own campus farms, and the Dong-gu district assessed them periodically for progress checks. 

“Throughout 2021 to 2023, we applied to the program and received a total of 11,479,600 won (approximately $8,673) from the Dong-gu district. We found this program online and thought it was great to bring it into DIS. After we received the money, the school began creating gardens throughout campus. After a month, the agriculture department representatives visited the campus to assess how our gardens were created [based] on various categories such as student instruction, crop diversity, and staff participation,” said Mr. Bae.

Hands-on activities for students, with persistent effort from Mr. Bae and the school staff, and support from administrators, consistently filled the campus with green. Such advancements caught the eyes of the Dong-gu district. At the end of the three-year competition, DIS earned first place out of the 28 schools. 

“I feel great winning this award because the school officers worked really hard for the program to take place. We also received a lot of support from the school, including Mr. Jolly, who was really passionate and supportive. I also want to thank Mr. Seo, the school gardener, for all his work in organizing and leading the operations for all establishments and maintenance. I think the planting event and the garden establishment gave students a crucial opportunity to learn about eco-friendly agriculture and its importance in society,” Bae said. 

Elementary schoolers bore the fruit of their labor. “We first created a small hill with dirt, so that we can create a space to actually plant the potato. After all the hills were done, we finished planting the potatoes and now we wait until harvest. It was more fun for us because planting potatoes into the garden is not a normal activity for us to do in school,” Henry Cha, 5th grader, said. 

Despite the successful results, the continuation of the project lies in uncertainty. “Unfortunately, we won’t be able to receive the grant for this year because the government recently had a huge budget cut. The agriculture department doesn’t have enough money to support these programs, so last year ended up being the last time for us to participate in the initiative. The school, however, continues to support the gardening program, so I am grateful about it and hope the government program resumes again,” said Mr. Bae. 

The project not only gifted the school with beautiful greenery but also supplied the students unique experiences away from conventional academic studies. DIS hopes to persevere in such attempts to advance the campus and student life. 

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About the Contributors
Andrew Shim
Andrew Shim, Writer
Now a senior, Andrew begins his second year with the Jets Flyover. Eager to write about the latest news and sports, Andrew takes his passion to the next level in the multimedia program. In his leisure time, he often finds himself lost in the wonders of science. Aside from his interest in journalism, Andrew hopes to improve his photography skills in order to capture every moment of his last year in DIS.

Christine Park
Christine Park, Illustrator
After years of persuasion from her peers that sparked intrinsic motivation, Christine Park finally enters Journalism as a senior. Chris’s greatest passion revolves around the field of art and anime. Her role as the president of the National Art Honors Society and Visual Arts Club proves the enthusiasm she bears for artistry. As the new illustrator for the Jets Flyover, Chris is eager to dive into journalism and share her artwork and comics with a wider audience.
Catherine Park
Catherine Park, Editor in Chief
Cath loves writing stories and making art. Luckily, God gifted her a talented left hand. As the vice president of the National Arts Honor Society, she can be seen drawing around campus. Cath explores many different genres of books, music, movies, and activities, and is willing to explore more about them throughout her experience as the editor-in-chief. All she needs is paper, a pencil, an eraser, and her dog, Russell. Cath writes, illustrates comics, edits articles, and manages the Jets Flyover.
Tiffany Lee
Tiffany Lee, Photographer / Designer
Tiffany, an avid illustrator and photographer, returns to journalism for her second year of designing the yearbook. In college, she plans to pursue a major in the STEM field. In her free time, she binge-watches Netflix series and spends quality time with her loved ones. As the president of the Illusion Dance Team, Tiffany leads the squad to perform for the Jets. She hopes to bring this cheer to the Jets Flyover as well.

Jackson Chiang
Jackson Chiang, Photographer / Designer
Jackson Chiang, a junior at Daegu International School, enters the world of journalism with his passion for photography. He loves to capture paramount moments on campus through camera lenses. In his free time, he often goes to the movies and listens to music. Jackson looks forward to studying medicine in college. With the diverse and supportive nature of the DIS community, Jackson expands his horizons as he continues to nurture his affection for photography and design.
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    SolaApr 22, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    Me: Seems just yesterday when the garden first started and now it’s one of the best :)) Amazing work!!
    Also me: WE WON YESSS

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    Tony KimApr 18, 2024 at 7:30 pm

    It’s so cool that DIS got the 1st place out of 28 schools. Let’s go JETS

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