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Zen for All is aimed at fully integrating an Asian garden into our school's traditional academic curriculum. Zen for All will actively engage our students by providing hands-on, authentic learning inquiry experiences that is relevant and engaging. We will use our Asian garden as a classroom to connect our students with the natural world.

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Zen for All

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School:
Mildred Helms Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Katherine Hawley 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
November 10, 2015

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Wells Fargo - $50.00

Jabil - $535.00

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Goal

Zen for All is aimed at fully integrating an Asian garden into our school's traditional academic curriculum. Zen for All will actively engage our students by providing hands-on, authentic learning inquiry experiences that is relevant and engaging. We will use our Asian garden as a classroom to connect our students with the natural world. 

 

What will be done with my students

Our school is an International Studies School and are in the process of receiving International Baccalaureate (IB) accreditation. In order to make our students more international-minded individuals, we need to integrate and develop international-mindedness within our community of learners. An IB school ensures that learning is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant within a transdisciplinary model and through structured inquiry experiences.
Zen for All will allow us to create an Asian Zen garden to have our school grounds reflect our diversified and international-mindedness school culture, while at the same time making the Asian Zen garden as an outside classroom. The Asian Zen garden will combine the basic elements of plants, water, and rocks to create a peaceful and tranquil retreat where students will be able to inquire more about Asian cultures.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Project aligns with the philosophical underpinnings of creating international-minded individuals by using our Asian garden as a classroom for our students to recognize the importance of honoring and appreciating different perspectives and cultures. We will be able to create more inquiry projects and allow our students more opportunities to us their critical thinking skills. The Asian Zen garden will symbolize the importance of our students' place in the world and how we are all connected. Furthermore, our students will gain self-confidence by having them design the garden by incorporating the math, science, and art skills and knowledge that they have acquired through their transdiscplinary studies.  

 

Describe the Students

Our school is an International Studies School and are in the process of receiving International Baccalaureate (IB) accreditation. In order to make our students more international-minded individuals, we need to integrate and develop international-mindedness within our community of learners. An IB school ensures that learning is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant within a transdisciplinary model and through structured inquiry experiences. We are also a Title 1 school. A majority of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes.  

 

Budget Narrative

The bulk of the budget includes purchasing trees and plants that are native to Asian countries and to create the Zen garden features.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Landscape rocks $45.00
2 moss $40.00
3 leveling sand $60.00
4 bench $70.00
5 Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub s $90.00
6 Japanese Timber Bamboo Plant $160.00
7 Japanese Boxwood $120.00
  Total: $585.00

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