First Baptist Weekday School Garden
First Baptist Weekday School, an outreach project of First Baptist Church, is a religiously exempt child day center located in South Boston, Virginia, with 70 children currently enrolled in our program.
As you can tell from my photographs, we have a large, undeveloped area that has been unused for years. I’ve also attached pictures of the Main Street United Methodist Church prayer garden that is located on the other side of First Baptist Church. This beautiful garden is the perfect place for our preschoolers to examine insects, blow bubbles, and have a lazy snack and story with friends. I would like to create a children’s garden with growing beds for vegetables, fruit trees and flowers.
I would like to start a school garden for the children at First Baptist Weekday School. My goal is to grow different fruits, vegetables and herbs in a straw bale garden located in a cleared area behind the playground. I have a commitment from a church member who owns a landscaping business to clear an area for us.
Doctors at Duke Medical Cancer Center report that we live in a ‘hot spot’ for cancer. Just this school year, one of our own staff members was diagnosed with cancer. Studies show there is a link between nutrition habits that are developed in young children and the food choices that they make in adulthood. A diet high in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk for several cancers and cardiovascular disease. A children’s garden will provide opportunities for children to take ownership, responsibility, and play a role in decision-making opportunities. It will be a multi-sensory, hands-on experience that will increase life skills and academic learning achievements. Most importantly the children will develop healthy eating habits.
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