At P.S. 15, teachers, PTA and CFK are sowing seeds for a new program for next spring: a recess garden club. The club is the brainchild of second grade teacher Sarah Strong, Kindergarten teacher Ashley Mendolina, and two amazing PTA members. They hope to build a garden, designed and cultivated by students. Teachers would be able to tie science lessons into club time, bringing learning out of the classroom and into the real world. And vegetables, fruit and herbs grown right at P.S. 15 become the edible tools of nutrition education.
"I was super excited when Laura, the literacy coach, told me that the school was thinking about starting up the garden club," said Alyxe Lett, our School Manager at P.S. 15. "My Peace Corps experience included a lot of hands-on work around environmental conservation, including composting and creating gardens with recyclable materials, so I really wanted to help out anyway that I could."
Ms. Strong and Ms. Mendolina are working with Alyxe to research and write a grant for supplies. We are particularly excited to support their efforts as it overlaps with a new initiative at CFK - to help our partner schools grow their ability to write grants so we can bring in more resources to the school together.
"I’m just so blown away by the passion that these two teachers and the two PTA members have for creating something that would not only be of academic benefit to the students, but also get them to think critically and analyze how their community and surroundings (and daily life!) are an integral part of a greater ecological system," said Alyxe.
Once the garden club is up and running it will serve 15-20 students, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to come help out. So be ready to get your hands dirty in the spring of 2014!