Our garden projects were started last year and have been making strides this academic year. Our garden bed for the cafeteria project has been delivered just this week. One of our balcony gardens is flourishing and we are in the works of fundraising and collecting donations of reusable containers and supplies for the remainder of our gardens, including a butterfly garden. A sub-committee of the MET's Environmental Committee to has been set up to over see the project.
The project will provide a safe space for our students with disabilities. The goal is for the students with disabilities to work collaboratively with the leadership class. Students will be allowed class time to work on the project though the school year all while building on their social skills!
Kids Need Support 2 Garden and Site Restoration will bring awareness, provide resources to children with many health disparities to combat their diseases, by cleaning the grounds, recycling, maintaining our gardens, painting, sanitizing the grounds for our Get Fit Program and Healing Gardens to succeed. We will take the food from the gardens, each child sits with the nutritionist to learn how to eat healthy and promote overall wellness. The children will cook the foods in the kitchen with a chef, who will teach them the purpose for gardening, living well and budgeting. The children will take foods to a local food pantry / shelter to combat malnutrition issues in the community. This will assist in our efforts to engage our community in Wellness programs, Awareness to Special Needs, and Building Stronger Communities overall.
We will talk about peace.
This project will be for the 2015/2016 school year with the hope that community members will want to keep it going in future years.
We will plant peppers, dill, squash, etc.
We will be repurposing the existing green spaces on our new school campus and replanting the areas with drought-resistant greenery. We will also be learning how to grow vegetables seasonally in our existing garden boxes.
The project, in alignment with the National Park Service's 'A Call to Action' and 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People' initiatives, will incorporate youth and community members to establish (and more importantly, have access to) a free, healthy alternative to unhealthy foods.
Bring a community together that is so far broken that it may be the only thing to bring them back together. Community members, city council, district members and students/faculty members will develop a much better working relationship while working together for a much larger cause.