Growing Green and Environmental StewardshipIn the last two years, our gardening program has blossomed into a fully integrated environmental learning center. The farm-to-school program engages students in the food cycle by growing, caring for, harvesting and sharing crops. Seasonal harvest festivals bring all students and parent volunteers together to enjoy the fruits of their labors. A portion of the crops are then donated to our local soup kitchen. Through community work days and volunteer opportunities, parents provide a vital support network. Children collect and compost lunchroom food waste. The resulting compost enriches our butterfly garden. Students understand that composting decreases waste and helps care for our natural gardens. The curriculum-based program takes learning outside of the classroom, integrating the garden area into all aspects of instruction. Through the use of picture books, kindergarteners explore language and art. First graders learn about nutrition through soil testing. Second graders meet the insects they study in science. Third graders use emerging math skills to map the garden and learn about tree growth. All students connect to and become stewards of their environment.
Ms. Rebecca Young