Harrison Earns Grant For Community Garden
Harrison Elementary has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Whole Foods Market, to build and maintain a community garden on school grounds. In writing the grant, English Language Learner teacher Tiffany Hickey said:
“We would like to use our garden space as an outdoor classroom for all grade levels. The students will reconnect with nature and understand real sources of food. They will learn about agriculture and gardening, which are priceless life skills. The students will also learn personal responsibility from caring for the garden. The garden will provide opportunities for learning across subject areas including: science, health, social studies, and math. The students will learn focus and patience, cooperation, teamwork and social skills.”
The grant will allow the school to build four raised beds. The Harrison Garden Club will maintain the garden, with members and their parents helping out on summer weekends. During the summer weekdays, campers from Camp Can Do, held at Harrison, will water the garden.
LakewoodAlive is a community partner in the grant. The nonprofit will provide community volunteers to build beds and prepare for planting this spring. It will also provide ongoing support with volunteers during the summer. LakewoodAlive’s Community Engager Mark McNamara, who has completed a gardening course, will oversee the construction of the beds.
“I’m super excited,” about this opportunity for the students, said Hickey. Plans are in the works to provide fresh vegetable snacks to the PTA at its first meeting of next school year and the harvest from the gardens will be shared with Harrison families throughout the year.