Sullivan Memorial Learning Garden at Dexter High School
The Sullivan Memorial Learning Garden is located at Dexter High School, a school of around 1,200 students in Dexter, MI. The garden’s 6 raised beds were installed to serve as a lasting tribute to Kevin Sullivan, a DHS parent and beloved community member who passed away after a battle with cancer. Kevin’s quality of life was greatly improved by gardening and a diet of fresh vegetables. The garden is intended to provide the DHS community with an opportunity to share the abundant joy that Kevin Sullivan experienced from this connection to his food.
The goals of the Sullivan Memorial Learning Garden are to:
1) Develop a garden capable of providing meaningful learning experiences across the curriculum at DHS.
To achieve this we are:
- Seeking to expand the space for growing food so that the Food Labs classes will have sufficient volumes of produce for classroom lessons;
- Working to build a planting bench, washing sink, and outdoor classroom so that biology classes can engage in plant biology lessons in the garden;
- Further refining our composting system to provide the garden with a steady supply of clean compost.
2) Engage as many students at DHS in garden activities during the school day as possible.
To achieve this, we are seeking partnerships with teachers across the curriculum to coordinate meaningful learning experiences for their students in the garden.
3) Help students develop healthy lifestyles and a sense of community engagement through hands-on lessons in the garden.
We are working to achieve this by involving local farmers, businesses, students from other schools in the district, and volunteers to connect with DHS students in the garden. These personal connections will help facilitate students’ understanding of their connections to others in the community and the impact of their food choices on their health and the environment.
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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