GreenWorks! grant to fund Prices Fork gardening program
Prices Fork Elementary was awarded a $1,000 grant to start a gardening program at the school’s new location.
Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, awarded the GreenWorks! grant, which the school will use to create several themed garden beds. Each grade level will maintain a different garden.
Pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners will create a sensory garden and grow plants such as lambs ear and lavender that encourage exploration with the five senses. First-graders will grow vegetables, for example pumpkins, corn, squash, beans and sugar snap peas. Second-graders will start a herb garden in containers that will be brought inside for the winter and learn about the many nutritional and medicinal uses of herbs. Third-graders will improve a butterfly garden to attract more pollinators to the school grounds, fourth-graders will plant bulbs and then dissect flowers in the spring to learn plant parts, and fifth-graders will design a native plant garden with the help of two volunteer Master Gardeners and their teacher, who is also a Master Naturalist.
Each bed will be used school-wide for teaching purposes. Families and other community volunteers will be encouraged to “Adopt a Garden Bed” and commit at least two days a month to weeding and general upkeep.
“Students will learn about teamwork and have leadership opportunities as they work to bring our new school grounds to life,” said first-grade teacher Elizabeth Scott in a news release. “They’ll be making a difference in their community and will understand firsthand the importance of being environmentally responsible and socially conscious citizens.”
The GreenWorks! grant was one of 29 awarded to schools and youth organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
— The Burgs
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