A Garden is a
Grand Teacher

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TEACHER VOICES
Teaching to the Rows
“My students love checking on the progress of the fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Not a day goes by without strolling through the garden, smelling the flowers, digging in the dirt for worms and chasing bees. This project is the best thing to happen to 24th Street School in the 10 years I have taught here.”
— LUCIA LAFLEUR
1ST GRADE TEACHER
24TH STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“For many of our students the world is harsh and unforgiving. I see this garden as a refuge not only for them but for the teachers who often need a slice of serenity during the teaching day. I am moved by the dedication I have witnessed to green the campus. More than a garden, it’s a journey leading us to a higher consciousness as we look to the future of educating children..”
— MARIE BELLANDE
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
“Our school garden is a safe haven for many of our students because regardless of their academic level, language limitations, and/or health challenges they can engage/enjoy in hands on activities. At the same time, our school garden challenges our students to become explorers and make direct connections in science, health and math taking their learning to a deeper level of understanding.”
— ROSARIO BENAVIDES
1ST GRADE DUAL LANGUAGE TEACHER,
GRAND VIEW ELEMENTARY
PARENT VOICES
Watching Seedlings Sprout
“Because of Garden School Foundation’s Seed to Table program, 250 students are able to experience our garden each week through engaging, hands-on science lessons and delicious, healthy, garden-based cooking classes. Garden School Foundation has brought our garden to life and inspired our entire school community to grow and eat healthy food and take care of the environment. Their passionate staff and interns provide us with consistent care and maintenance of the garden and teach our whole school community how to grow, harvest and cook healthy dishes from all around the world”
— MAYA SHARP
PARENT FROM JACKSON STEM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“[My daughter] asked me to serve her veggies more often at dinner time, which encourages me to make it happen nearly everyday now. I like that GSF teaches her to be healthy and to enjoy nature. Win, win!!
— ANA CABRERA
PARENT FROM GRAND VIEW BLVD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
VOLUNTEER VOICES
Where Your Energy Goes, Good Things Grow
“It’s hard to capture in a few words the kind of impact that GSF has on our students, our families, and our communities. Because our curriculum is incredibly diverse, it is unique in the way that it engages each and every person. Whether I am taking kindergarteners on a garden scavenger hunt to explore the five senses, making a rubbed kale salad, (using greens harvested only minutes prior!) with our second graders, or dissecting nasturtium flowers and learning about plant reproduction with our fifth graders, every moment with GSG is a gift.”
— Megan Reed
2015 SPRING PROGRAM INTERN
“One of the most inspiring things about gardening is that you’re creating all the time. Even when it seems as if the world isn’t flourishing, the garden always is.”
— YENNY MARTIN
2016 SUMMER INTERN
student voices
Dirt Don’t Hurt!
“If I was planting a seed, and it was a strawberry and I love strawberries, and I was planting it and I wouldn’t be like “this is too much work” I would persevere and plant it and water it and let the sun take care of it.”
— DIEGO
STUDENT AT 24TH STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“Because you get to learn where your food comes from, it makes you want be thankful.”
—CHRISTINE
4th GRADER AT JACKSON STEM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL