|A proud Laverne in her new home. Photo courtesy of CT.|
The school already has a large garden, founded by teacher Courtney Erickson last year. With 73% of our students qualifying for free and reduced lunches, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each student receives the nutrients and knowledge necessary to extend healthy eating habits beyond the halls of Harp into their homes. I wake up wondering how I am going to do that and fall asleep confident we will exceed our goals because the staff is supportive and the students are eager. The teachers at Harp are innovative leaders, and I am privileged to serve at their sides. We envision a school with a small orchard, native plants garden, green house, outdoor classroom, more chickens, family cooking classes and local food in the cafeteria.
|Service member and site supervisor celebrate the first egg |
from their school chickens! Destiny is on the
left and supervisor CT pictured on the right.
Photo courtesy of Harp Elementary!
I facilitate a 45 minute science club for the Harp Kindergarteners every day. Though my classes revolve around nutrition, many subjects are incorporated to maximize students’ learning experiences and excitement! You can find us in the garden on scavenger hunts, preparing soil for fall crops, decorating plates with healthy food rainbows, and singing and reading stories about vegetables. Grades first through fifth have also welcomed me into their classrooms.
|Destiny digs in to prep garden beds with her students at Harp.|
If you're wild about Harp Elementary's Community garden, you can find more tales of chickens, kids, and food on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Harpcommunitygarden
-- by Destiny Schlinker