We would like to add to our existing gardens by adding fruit trees and fruit bushes. We have several existing gardens that students take care of, however, we are lacking fruit plants. We use vegetables from our vegetable garden in our cafeteria, so we envision the fruit garden serving the same purpose. We hold classes and have many learning experiences using our gardens, so the new garden will serve to enhance this learning. The community at large will benefit as well. We are hosting a neighboring school this summer at our summer camp, and these students will be able to learn from our garden as well. Our goal is for the new garden to provide an additional outdoor classroom, which will benefit our students, other community students, and all families from both schools. In addition, the new garden will be visible from the street, so it will serve to beautify the neighborhood. It will also provide additional shade and natural resources for wildlife. As is true with our existing gardens, this new garden will strengthen our belief that students should be taught to be good stewards of the environment. They take their role as caretakers very seriously, and they have a great sense of pride in their gardens. For many of our students, these gardens are the only opportunity they have to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine and to build pride in a project that is part of something much larger than they are.
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