Rainbow Child Development Preschool Garden
Rainbow Child Development Center’s (RCDC) teaching staff provides high quality education to nearly 300 low income, “highly at risk “children daily, year round. All of these children live in Worcester, MA in neighborhoods that are the most economically depressed. Many of the children are victims of neglect and physical or emotional abuse. The Center’s mission focus is to eliminate barriers and reduce the achievement gap between low-income children and children with greater economic, academic and social opportunities. The teaching staff realizes the importance of constructing a school garden. Children at RCDC do not have access to fresh fruits due to there is very limited access to supermarkets or farm stands.
Last summer teachers worked with children to create a compost bin that is used to teach the children about recycling, worms, dirt and waste. The goal this summer is to construct a raised garden bed for the children to grow fruits and vegetables. We plan to utilize and hopefully extend the garden year after year to teach children and their families the many benefits of gardening.
Additional Academic, Social, and Emotional Benefits to children:
1. Increase interest in eating fruits and vegetables and improve attitude toward fruits and vegetables as snacks – healthy life style
2. Improve social skills and behavior – integration of gardening into the school curriculum
3. Increased environmental attitudes
4. Instill appreciation and respect for nature that lasts into adulthood
5. Improve life skills, working within a group
6. Increase self-esteem, improve student achievement and behavior
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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