Miriam Benitez, Principal at John S Park Elementary School
The garden has had an enormous, positive impact at our school. By getting our students out of their seats and into an engaging environment, our students have benefited from being able to use all their senses in order to make connections and lasting learning experiences. The excitement and joy that having an outdoor class such as this garden is an important element to moving our students towards being engaged in learning.”
Juliana Urtubey, Intermediate Resource Teacher at Crestwood Elementary
Today, during Garden Gnomies (our garden club), the students had $100 to spend as they democratically chose among 3 conservation foundations (Protecting hummingbirds, bees, and monarch butterflies). They split up into groups. Each group presented a proposal of how to spend the profits of their Farmers’ Markets. The winning proposal was to give each foundation $30 and spend $10 on a hummingbird feeder. They did this because as we were meeting, they saw a hummingbird zip past the garden and wondered why it didn’t stay in our garden. They realized it was because we were missing flowers for the hummingbirds to eat from. The students’ solution was to put up a feeder.
Everyday, the students surprise me and fill me up with hope. I know for a fact, Crestwood couldn’t do this without you! Students and families are realizing their power while working in the garden. Our school culture is benefiting tremendously.”
Melonie Poster, Principal at Dondero Elementary School
Our students are trying new fruits and vegetables during lunch break because of the different kinds of fruits and vegetables the students grow in the Green Our Planet school garden.”