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Tallulah Charter School Garden

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We are trying to raise money to start an outdoors school garden.

We have a vision for a wonderful outdoor learning classroom to be built in our school yard between our administration building and the second grade classroom wing. This spaces will support environmental education, reading, ecology, biology, horticulture and natural science, and it will directly support the teachers to prepare students for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests.  This project is very important for the continued growth and continuous quality improvement at Tallulah Charter School.

The entire school community, including students, parents, and staff members will proudly take ownership of this beautiful outdoor space and enjoy performing the required upkeep, they will incorporate the space into their curriculum and there will be many opportunities to make improvements over the years.  We envision this project to be just the beginning phase of a long commitment to this outdoor classroom.  The activities and projects that can be developed using the learning garden are: growing herbs for Mother’s Day; 4th grade vegetable garden resulting in salad by year end; kindergarten pumpkin patch; observation of trees, bushes and flowers cycle through the seasons of fall, winter and spring; studying migratory song birds and butterflies; and a project to plant and monitor the growth of tulips from seed to blooms in the spring.  In addition all grade levels would enjoy outdoor reading and story telling during the long and pleasant fall and spring seasons that we enjoy here.  In conclusion, the gift of this outdoor learning garden would enable the expansion of our student’s educational opportunities and greatly enrich their experience during the Pre-K-5 years.

Since our school has a high rate of obesity, we will also use our school garden as a hands-on tool for food and nutrition education to teach children the importance of healthy eating. With this fact in mind, our hope is that students will acquire some basic gardening and horticultural knowledge and skills, learn about and appreciate where food comes from, work cooperatively in groups to produce results, and ideally make smarter, healthier food choices outside of school and throughout their lives. In addition, we envision that the school garden will become a place where kids and parents can get involved together to help extend positive food attitudes and choices into the home.

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