Prior to our winter break, we asked school families to bring back any toiletries from hotels that they were traveling to, and to purchase underwear for children and women. We collected them between January, when our school started back, and mid-February. We delivered them to the cafe that the safe houses run.
We will start by advertising for this food drive in our school newsletter, posters, and by visiting each classroom. Then, we will have children bring non-perishable foods to their classes. We are aware that not many people are motivated to donate food, so we will host a pizza party for the class that has the most weight of food per student. At the end of the month, we will collect and weigh the food to determine the winner and deliver the food to the local orphanages.
Create a way to get food
Make my friends and family aware of the project and that I would like to collect food instead of gifts to give to it to the local nonprofit organization. Have my birthday/party and collect the food.
We are currently working to open up space for new trees and our future interpretative trail. In collaboration with the neighboring campus of the University of Puerto Rico and its professors and students , we will design and build the trail. Students, parents and teachers will work together to plant the new trees and create a new set of garden beds as part of our Tropical Food Forest. Some trees have been donated as well as the tools used in both projects.
We will create a school flower and vegetable garden and harvest and share the produce. We will ask for donations from local stores to help with the costs. Students and staff at the school will maintain the garden.
My friends and I will organize to have a food drive outside a popular grocery store in our town and then stand there all day collecting goods. After we will bring the donations to our local nonprofit who will distribute the goods to families who need it.
ECMS-Inglewood Green Ambassador program will connect students to their community through the cultivating of a community vegetable garden. Over the course of the spring, students in their classes, will plan, cultivate, maintain, and curate the garden, and the harvest will be shared with community, both within and outside of the school, at a fall harvest-environmental festival. At this festival, students will give harvested food away to parents as well as local neighbors. They will grow seedlings and teach families how to plant and grow their own home gardens. Throughout the spring, volunteer guest speakers will work with students to understand and analyze food-related issues facing urban communities.
This continuous program encourages students to source fresh, healthy alternatives, develop skills with garden maintenance and skills in the kitchen.
We are in the process of setting up an aqauponics system in our classroom as an authentic learning platform and model for a future, larger system.