February 20, 2020
Earlier this school year, Bacich’s parent gardening team applied for the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant on behalf of our school.
The Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on K-12 children’s nutrition and wellness. The garden grants were awarded to schools and school garden support organizations with the goal and purpose of sustaining edible education gardens. With over 900 applicants, Bacich was recently notified that we are one of several schools selected to receive $3,000.00 to use for our school’s gardening program.
There’s something quite magical about a garden where students can go and experience the art of gardening. Our kindergarten through fourth grade students love digging in the dirt to plant seeds or seedlings, and they love learning about butterflies and worms under the tutelage of our parent experts. During the planting season, the children harvest basil to make pesto or they collect vegetables to make a salad. The students’ excitement and interest during the gardening season is contagious!
With the funds from the Whole Kids Foundation Grant, the opportunities to build upon our current gardening program is truly exciting. We hope to inspire the student’s curiosity and encourage healthy eating habits at a young age. We hope to expand our garden program and use this powerful learning space for conversations about nutrition and wellness. We also hope to increase the opportunities for a larger edible garden, add space for a pollinator garden to attract Monarch butterflies, and develop a simple curriculum that will lend itself to the integration of every common core subject from math to science to art.
School gardens are shown to improve students’ academic performance and behavior at school, as well as improve their attitudes about and appreciation for the environment. We appreciate the support, interest and passion of parents Holly Myers, Jennifer Hatch, and Houston Joost who have taken the lead in creating this innovative garden space where hands-on experiential learning is possible for the children.
If you are interested in volunteering in our weekly gardening activities and educational program, please join us on Mondays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the school garden!