The goal of this grant is to refurbish our classroom garden that was created last year. The garden consists of three raised, wheelchair-accessible garden beds, a composting station, and pallets holding flower baskets. Students participate to the best of their ability in the gardening process from start to finish- from composting, to maintaining flowers and herbs, and propagation.

Since establishing the garden, some plants and herbs have died and must be replanted. Through trial and error, and student-teacher research, we have learned what plants and herbs thrive the most in our environment, as well as how to best maintain the garden.

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Going Green-er!

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School:
Bright Horizons Center 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Serena Behofsits 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
November 5, 2014

13% Funded

 

 

Only $170.68 Needed

 

 

Goal

The goal of this grant is to refurbish our classroom garden that was created last year. The garden consists of three raised, wheelchair-accessible garden beds, a composting station, and pallets holding flower baskets. Students participate to the best of their ability in the gardening process from start to finish- from composting, to maintaining flowers and herbs, and propagation.

Since establishing the garden, some plants and herbs have died and must be replanted. Through trial and error, and student-teacher research, we have learned what plants and herbs thrive the most in our environment, as well as how to best maintain the garden. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students can contribute to the garden in a variety of ways. Some students participate via classroom activities such as collecting and shredding newspaper, counting and organizing seeds, rolling newspaper pots for seedlings, and even by using a head-switch to browse the internet for research and ideas. Outside of the classroom, students use anything from typical gardening tools to adapted watering cans and sprayers to maintain the school grounds. Several students also participate by collecting garbage and recyclables left behind by neighborhood kids on the basketball court. 

 

Benefits to my students

The expected outcome of refurbishing our garden is for students to be able to continue practicing the real-life skills they have gained over the last year. Several of the skills needed for our garden can be applied to a multitude of other jobs- watering, raking, shredding newspaper, opening and closing containers, cutting herbs, and, possibly in the future, bagging, selling, and delivering herbs.

Students use adapted containers, tools, and devices to tend to the garden- from composting and watering, to communicating which steps are next in the gardening process. Furthermore, the garden provides sensory output, and an entrepreneurial opportunity. The garden is truly a hub for putting to use many skills that are practiced in and out of the classroom.

The vision for our garden is for it to be a permanent fixture in our classroom curriculum for years to come. The garden can be shared for ingredients in cooking lessons, items for art activities, and for identification purposes of plants and butterflies.  

 

Budget Narrative

The items requested are needed to restore and rejuvenate our classroom garden, as well as to better assist in the future maintenance of it. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Fiskars 3 in. Softouch Hand Trowel $5.97
2 Fiskars 12.25 in. Softouch Hand Cultivator $5.97
3 Ames Ergo Gel-Grip Hand Weeder $7.97
4 Ames Ergo Gel-Grip Hand Transplanter $7.97
5 Ames Ergo Gel-Grip Soil Scoop $10.97
6 Worth Garden Hand Carbon Steel 9-teeth Broom $5.99
7 19 in. W 6-pocket Garden Hand Tools Bag $4.97
8 RL Flo-Master 1.3 gal. Battery Powered Sprayer $24.98
9 RL Flo-Master 1.3 gal. Battery Powered Sprayer $24.98
10 2 cu. Ft. Miracle-Gro Garden Soil $7.97
11 2 cu. Ft. Miracle-Gro Garden Soil $7.97
12 2 cu. Ft. Miracle-Gro Garden Soil $7.97
13 Flowers and butterfly plants $40.00
14 Thyme plants $16.00
15 Basil plants $16.00
  Total: $195.68

13% Funded

 

 

Only $170.68 Needed

 

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