The American Heart Association and Aetna have teamed up to award a Teaching Garden grant to Rita Kay Driggers Elementary! This program uses a school garden to teach students about nutrition and inspire them to eat more fruits and vegetables. They will also learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce, and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.
One of our goals with Teaching Gardens is to fight childhood obesity and promote eating enough fruits and vegetables to maintain good health. In our Teaching Garden, students will observe natural cycles, graph favorite foods, write about their experiences and prepare foods from different cultures. The garden will provide an engaging, hands-on context for students to practice the science, math, language arts and social studies concepts they're working on in class. Whatever the size or location, every garden has the potential to become an integrated part of the community and serve as a tool to explore the world and its possibilities. In addition to providing students the fun of getting out in the fresh air and working with their hands, the Driggers Teaching Garden will be an excellent opportunity for team building, leadership development and the expanding the joy of learning!
(Photos by JulieAnn Matonis)