From a distance, Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School looks much like any other small school in this area, its neat and tidy grounds punctuated by crayon-colored play equipment. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll find something quite unique–and quite wonderful–taking place in the schoolyard.
Three years ago, the principal of Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School, along with the Health Program Coordinator for the Hants Shore Community Health Centre, decided to introduce the students to the process of growing their own food and they started an organic vegetable garden in the school yard. Students from all grades chose what would be planted, tended the garden, and harvested the produce. Teachers were also encouraged to use the garden as a tool to teach parts of the curriculum. A healthy lunch program was developed using ingredients from the garden whenever possible.
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“The tangible reward is a meal that comes from their own garden. The deeper reward is re-establishing an understanding of and connection between the garden and the possibilities of a healthier lifestyle.”
I should say this project is a resounding success, and kudos to the students and their mentors! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see such projects in every school on some scale?
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