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Imagine a schoolyard garden that scholars, faculty and community members show off with pride and excitement, not only because of it’s beauty but because it enables a set of learning experiences for scholars to understand sustainability and see ecology happening in front of their eyes. We can make this vision a reality at Tyrone Middle School. School gardens enhance overall academic achievement and provide a better understanding and appreciation for agriculture and the environment. Scholars will learn to take on leadership roles within jobs to maintain the garden, become more engaged in the ecology science unit, have a better understanding of native wildlife, and learn the process of growing various veggies and herbs, gaining hands on lessons in an outdoor school garden. Participants in garden club will grow their curiosity and excitement about organic gardening, natural resources, nutrition and the impact we all have on our environment.

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Suncoast - Our mind is growing at Tyrone Middle School's Garden

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School:
Tyrone Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Brittany Bandy 
Students Impacted:
145 
Grade:
Date:
August 17, 2018

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Only $1,500.00 Needed

 

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Goal

Imagine a schoolyard garden that scholars, faculty and community members show off with pride and excitement, not only because of it’s beauty but because it enables a set of learning experiences for scholars to understand sustainability and see ecology happening in front of their eyes. We can make this vision a reality at Tyrone Middle School. School gardens enhance overall academic achievement and provide a better understanding and appreciation for agriculture and the environment. Scholars will learn to take on leadership roles within jobs to maintain the garden, become more engaged in the ecology science unit, have a better understanding of native wildlife, and learn the process of growing various veggies and herbs, gaining hands on lessons in an outdoor school garden. Participants in garden club will grow their curiosity and excitement about organic gardening, natural resources, nutrition and the impact we all have on our environment.  

 

What will be done with my students

By spring 2019, Tyrone Middle School will create a school garden to engage students in hands-on-learning across all subject areas, with a specific focus on science and the ultimate goal of providing better experiential learning opportunities for the scholars.
Scholars have learned about erosion and the impacts of excessive rainfall or natural disasters such as hurricanes in our area. Scholars will determine the best possible plants to go in the garden while thinking of native plants and edible vegetables and herbs. Scholars will research various types of plants and create multiple designs of the garden and then implement the planting and maintenance of the garden throughout the year. Scholars will create educational signage to teach future generations about the importance of maintaining the area to prevent erosion and provide opportunities for more symbiotic relationships among animals.
Scholars will participate in two days outside doing maintenance in our garden, removing exotic species and weeds, and laying down more mulch to prevent erosion. We will collaborate with local nonprofit Keep Pinellas Beautiful. 

 

Benefits to my students

My scholars have a desire to learn about the world and the various aspects of science- biology, chemistry, and physics. Many of my scholars come from homes with limited resources and support in the education. Majority of my scholars are on free and reduced lunch, have transportation issues, and many emotional and financial issues that impact their daily lives. Besides the obstacles they face, each day they come ready to work and give 110% to learning science and making a difference on their campus!

Over 145 scholars that make up my 7th grade courses are looking for support as our school continues to expand our outdoor learning area and our garden.

Scholars have recognized our Tyrone area to be a prime example of urban sprawl and this is leading to issues of deforestation and erosion. We want to build more trees, native plants and reduce air pollution by creating a local garden on our campus.
 

 

Describe the Students

140 scholars total
Exceptional student education (ESE) scholars:23
English language learners (ELL) scholars: 6
14 Asian scholars
33 Black scholars
22 Hispanic scholars
11 Mixed scholars
 

 

Budget Narrative

Scholars will be planting various plants inside the garden area.
We will be building picnic tables for outside learning areas. The planters will be placed around campus to beautify the outdoor walkway areas.
We will be using gatorades and popsicles to stay cool.
This will occur two days during the school year and also weekend beautification days to include community partners like Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Lowes and Duke Energy. We will also invite families and friends to join us.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Suncast 1606NP36 Resin Planter, Blue/Brown • Amazon Business $500.00
2 Gatorade Fierce Thirst Quencher, Variety Pack, 20 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $50.00
3 Gatorade Original Thirst Quencher Variety Pack, 20 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $50.00
4 Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, 16-Quart $100.00
5 Wood for picnic tables and planters $750.00
6 popsicles $50.00
  Total: $1,500.00

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Only $1,500.00 Needed

 

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