Hamilton School's Incredible Edible Classroom
Hamilton Meadow Park School is a Transitional K-8 school with a current enrollment of 732 serving the community and surrounding area of Hamilton Field in Novato, CA. On the southern most edge of Novato, Hamilton Field is a planned residential community on a former military base and still home to the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team and their families. Ours is a diverse population, culturally and economically with 58% of our students receiving free and reduced lunch, 37% English language learners and about 50 homeless families.
Our Incredible Edible Classroom is intended to be a self-sustaining outdoor classroom, physically and financially, and all Hamilton School community members will share that maintenance. Each of our classes and programs will have scheduled weekly garden time, booked through our existing software, as is our computer lab. Along with their lesson, every class or program visiting the garden will be asked to perform a small but specific maintenance task, aligned with age and skill.
We are currently working to assemble curriculum for our teachers to use in our garden with their students that align with the Common Core State Standards, to be adopted by the State of California next year. The majority of our teachers are already teaching project-based learning in their classrooms, which will smooth our transition to the new standard. The projects developed for teachers to use in the garden will align with their current teaching style and allow the garden to become part of their daily routine.
Hamilton has a very active PTA who generously subsidizes our after school enrichment program. Once our Incredible Edible Garden is completed, Hamilton will offer year round gardening classes to students. New to campus this year, the YMCA would like include after hours garden visits to the students in their aftercare program as well.
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