Our wish for building a school garden is to be able to use it as a vehicle to educate our community about endemic plant and animal endangered species while taking action towards environmental stewardship. The garden will also serve as an outdoor classroom, a place for gathering, reading, writing, enjoying art projects, holding assemblies or morning meetings. The garden will be a place for bringing people and nature together!
By having students engage in creating their school garden, we as educators are not only fostering critical thinking and leadership skills in them, but we are promoting collaboration, stewardship, and compassion among a future generation of leaders. Our project will begin as soon as classes resume (August 19th, 2019) and will consist of students designing, building, planting, and diligently and consistently caring for the garden. Students will also sharpen their observation, writing and communication skills, by illustrating, recording, taking pictures, and keeping a journal of this project-based learning experience. Students will be hosting assemblies throughout the year, to teach other students and members of their community about the importance of learning about and preserving our natural resources; this will enhance their oral communication and public speaking skills.