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  • Sheldon Elementary School
  • Richmond, CA
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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CES is an under-served low income school. The students here are eager to participate in art and gardening programs that facilitate exploration in nature, personal self expression and therapeutic interactions with growing/caring for plants. The Growing Garden Project will be lead by the school's onsite occupational therapist who works with both the special education and general education population to promote fine, gross and visual-motor development. Detailed Project Description The Growing Garden Project is envisioned to assist in the overall social, emotional, physical and academic development of the students within Collins Elementary. With use of the garden children can: design garden bed spaces, plant edibles, flowers and herbs, cook with edibles provided, create natural art projects (ie garden bouquets, nature mobiles, plant collages, etc.), as well as build practical skills, enhance self esteem and personal expression. The possibilities are limitless. With the onsite occupational therapist (OT) spearheading the project, the longevity and implementation of the project can reach all students in the school rather than just one classroom. Art projects using natural mediums will be set up for all classes to access, while each project will also keenly address fine motor, gross motor and visual motor skills of each grade level to promote optimal activity engagement and development, since they will be designed and implemented by the OT. With gracious funding, a little can go a long way with this population, as there are numerous studies that confirm and encourage the use of garden spaces for children to enhance well being and personal growth.

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CES is an under-served low income school. The students here are eager to participate in art and gardening programs that facilitate exploration in nature, personal self expression and therapeutic interactions with growing/caring for plants. The Growing Garden Project will be lead by the school's onsite occupational therapist who works with both the special education and general education population to promote fine, gross and visual-motor development. Detailed Project Description The Growing Garden Project is envisioned to assist in the overall social, emotional, physical and academic development of the students within Collins Elementary. With use of the garden children can: design garden bed spaces, plant edibles, flowers and herbs, cook with edibles provided, create natural art projects (ie garden bouquets, nature mobiles, plant collages, etc.), as well as build practical skills, enhance self esteem and personal expression. The possibilities are limitless. With the onsite occupational therapist (OT) spearheading the project, the longevity and implementation of the project can reach all students in the school rather than just one classroom. Art projects using natural mediums will be set up for all classes to access, while each project will also keenly address fine motor, gross motor and visual motor skills of each grade level to promote optimal activity engagement and development, since they will be designed and implemented by the OT. With gracious funding, a little can go a long way with this population, as there are numerous studies that confirm and encourage the use of garden spaces for children to enhance well being and personal growth.

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