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Ruth Fyfe Elementary School – Chefs to School Program

By Catherine Wiegand, Science Teacher at Paul Culley ES

I would like to share with you how our school garden impacted the students at Ruth Fyfe Elementary School.

My class was lucky to take part in the garden from the very beginning. It was their dream to have a garden and Green Our Planet with others made it happen for them. The garden gave them a sense of pride and accomplishment that I don’t think they had experienced before. The garden not only allowed them to see the fruits of their efforts (pun intended) and it became a spring board for inquiries.

Grow a garden, it does a brain good.

They were eager to find the answers to their questions and I do believe that that eagerness spread into the rest of the curriculum. We only had our garden for a short time before the end of the school year. But it was enough time to have a harvest of cilantro, onions, radishes, lettuce and tomatoes.

The highlight of our garden experience was Chef Xelyna who came to the school and demonstrated how to make salsa with our harvest. The students were so proud and all indulged gleefully in the salsa even after I had heard comments from some that they did not like certain vegetables.

I cannot wait for school to start and have the entire year with a new garden. It has become my secret weapon to teach my students to wonder, explore and learn. Grow a garden, it does a brain good.

August 31, 2014
The Outdoor Garden Classroom: Hands-On STEM Curricula K-5 was funded by The American Honda Foundation and created by teachers from the Clark County School District in Association with Green Our Planet and Three Square.

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