Mitchell World of Plants
In observance of the holiday season, our next garden lesson with our Mitchell students focused on hunger. In order to grasp this topic, the children first needed to understand as living beings, we all need food including plants, insects and animals. We are a connected food chain that all living forms depend on for nutrients to stay alive. What about what we eat and why? Is that important? The students agreed, eating a variety of nutritious foods and a rainbow of colors all contribute to good health to grow, learn, and play.
Next, I asked the students if they new what hunger meant? The responses included growling tummies to feeling sleepy or not eating enough carrots. When I asked about world hunger, to my surprise, the answers were quite astute. Many knew about the recent typhoon in the Philippines. Others mentioned earthquakes and nuclear proliferation! Oh my! We talked about political wars in other countries and farmlands destroyed by insects. What about hunger in our country and in our neighborhood here in Lawndale? Feedback from the students included being poor and not having a job. One resourceful little girl said she’d go fishing if she needed food!
I was amazed and impressed by the answers and the mature responses to this very adult topic. Or so I thought. All ages suffer from hunger, and far too many are children, including our Mitchell students. I asked the students what we could do at Mitchell World of Plants to fight hunger and help those in our own neighborhood. On their suggestion, unanimously, they agreed that we should donate the fruits and vegetables we grow to people in Lawndale who couldn’t afford to buy their own. Thus began our project.
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