More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Growing a Spring Garden
The cost of sending 22 students and four chaperones to the New York Botanical Gardens is $117, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
I am a third grade general education common branch teacher and my class will be designing and planting a flower garden at our school this spring. Our school is currently Pre K- 4 and will soon be PreK-5. This garden will be maintained by my students this spring and for their remaining years at our school. Most of my students live in apartments without any access to garden beds and have little to no experience growing and taking the responsibility of a backyard garden. Through previous years my class has tried to grow flowers from seeds and bulbs in the classroom with little success. Since we have permission to utilize the yard space, my students will be able to take part in a very exciting and fulfilling experience.
The activity that I would like my 22 students to take part in is a class trip to the New York Botanical Gardens. There a program is being offered that educates the students on the preparation and responsibilities of starting and maintaining a spring garden. The program is called "How to Grow Your Spring Garden." Students will learn how to choose an area that is good for gardening, how to prepare the soil for planting, how to design a layout for the garden, what seeds and bulbs are good for planting in our climate and how to maintain the garden by weeding, watering properly and fertilizing.
This project will benefit the students greatly because the Botanical Gardens offers hands on activities that allow the students to "practice" firsthand to get an idea of what they will be doing back at our school. This project also correlates with our science curriculum and students are expected to be able to relate to experiences in gardening. Just recently The New York State ELA exam in grades 3 and 5 featured listening and reading passages that included questions relating to gardening experiences.
The materials needed for this project would be the cost of the trip. This experience will not only allow the children to understand and assist them in their current project, but they will learn things that they will keep and be able to use in the future.
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