J.E. Moss School/Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom
Our school has nearly 1000 moderate to low income Pre-k through 4th grade students. Our visionary principal has charged us with tying our curriculum planning to our new school garden with project based learning during the second semester. Each teaching team will develop a project that gets children out into the garden for an authentic learning experience tied to Common Core Standards and 21st Century Collaboration and Communication skills. Over 60 staff members are planning learning experiences lasting 3-6 weeks for their students, that will take place in our new 1600 square foot garden. Additionally. we have developed an outdoor classroom with a demonstraton table and seating for 24 students. This can be used in conjunction with the garden or an emvironmental connection point on clear weather days.
Our students and teachers will benefit from the garden through the development and implementation of projects that develop both academic and social emotional skills for our students. Students will begin a connection with the land that will be nurtured by our recent partnership with our local Home Depot. We have also planned Parent Involvement Projects such as Garden Angel Tree, Art in the Garden. Reading Under the Stars and JE Moss School Garden Iron Chef Competition- to bring our parents into the picture. Pur local YMCA Fun Company and even our custodial staff is involved long term with our garden- volunteering to tend, weed and harvest while we are away. In conjunction with the USDA, Chefs to Schools and our school district's Garden to Table project- we will be promoting good nutrition through eating the produce from the garden, as well. We are working with Home Depot to provide raised bed gardens for interested families in the Spring- in order to continue the work that we are doing at out school.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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