Thurgood Urban Project Agriculture & Community (T.U.P.A.C)
My students need gardening tools. We will use the school ground to develop an urban garden.
My students are challenged with poverty daily. We live in the inner city neighborhood and they have never seen a "real" garden. I want to teach them the history of gardens and the life cycle of plants.
The students here are predominantly of the Haitian decent.
Some Asians, African Americans, and Caucasians are in attendance as well. We are 98% are on free lunch. These students live in South Florida. Our schools are in an inner city area. We are an "F" school with the county requiring us to "change and improve". I feel that pride in our community will help develop a good sense of self-worth and that help will foster Common Core Standards. Which will in turn make our school grade better? This school year we want to focus on city government. We will integrate the branch of our local government to create a city within the city. My students are the Park and Recreation branch of the city. Our motto is at Parks & Recreation Department, we strive to connect people with the environment. These single parent families are dysfunctional and are in need of some form of education.
The T.U.P.A.C. was inspired by our school's new magnet program. We are a city within a city. The first team is the Department of Park and Recreation. Our job is to build an urban garden to teach the students the importance of community team work, responsibility, science, and math skills. We will also teach the students about community service hour through beautification of our school campus. We eventually want to adopt a street in the City of Fort Lauderdale to keep clean. My students need gardening tools. We will use the school ground to develop an urban garden. We have don't have any tools. We would hoes, gloves, spades, vegetable and flower seeds, soil or/and watering can. With these items, we will keep our school clean and learn the essential values of gardening.
In our world of technology, the children are losing touch with the planet earth.
They stay inside all day with the phones, computers, laptops, and game systems. So, I asked for a plot of land at the school to harvest. My principal agreed with my plan to get the students outside. We will change the way our school appears, build confidence, and a strong community through our urban garden.
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