Spalding Academy School Garden
Spalding Academy’s garden mission is to improve the health and well being of students, families, and the larger community and to help our students to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around them. Spalding Academy’s garden goal is to improve and enhance: science achievement, a healthy lifestyle, environmental stewardship, and community and social development. We will provide support to student nutrition at school and at home while feeding our students and staff at Spalding Academy with healthy fresh vegetables and fruits. In submitting this grant request of $500, we want to teach our students about how, healthy foods they eat, shape how they learn, grow, and live longer healthier lives.
Students and faculty will learn, and participate in all activities in establishing a school garden. Students will plant various seeds in garden flats during early spring for late spring transplanting in raised garden beds. These garden flats will be put in the high school climatarium and on PVC constructed light bank shelving. Growth rates of plants will be observed, graphed and recorded in student garden journals, for each year. Grades 9th-12th will construct the light bank shelving and ten raised beds, and learn about soil testing. All students will visit a local greenhouse to learn about growing and caring for young plants. Students in grades 5th-8th will be taste testing produce and finding nutritious recipes that call for produce from a garden.
Spalding Academy will be measuring the success of the school garden project by: 1) creating a pre- and post- knowledge test for all students; 2) comparing student science grades; 3) tracking change in disciplinary actions and attendance records; 4) recording changes in the amount of fruits and vegetables discarded from lunch trays; and 5) recording the number of classrooms and teachers using the garden.
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