Roberto Clemente School Garden Club
PS15M is a Title 1 Pre-K-5 public school in the heart of NYC’s Lower East Side. The Roberto Clemente School Garden is a school-wide collaborative garden that promotes growing and taking care of green environments in an urban setting. Currently it is a small, student designed and maintained container garden. We recently had trees planted in front of the school, and would like to build elevated planters that would be safe for the trees and for our students to plant flowers in, to further enhance the green environment around the school.
The school serves 192 students, with a high population of students in temporary housing. We share the building and garden with two other schools, including P94, a District 75 Special Education school. Many students who attend our school do not have the chance to experience green space on a daily basis. The garden allows students to play in the dirt and work with plants in our urban community. The Roberto Clemente School Garden Club was founded to change not only students’ environments, but also to enhance student knowledge and enjoyment of plants, nature, and gardening.
The Garden Club meets weekly, with students from each class from kindergarten to grade 5. Approximately four students per grade are active in the club at any time, and serve as representatives to their classes. Membership is selected based on interest and in order to serve the most students, is rotated every 3 months. By planting a variety of flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, this year we plan on raising awareness of the environment and the health benefits of growing a variety of plants. Our goal is to encourage students and engage their families in the process. Ultimately we aim to promote an understanding of ecological interactions, healthy living, and environmental stewardship.
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