Originally Published: November 25, 2016 5:58 a.m.
The Beautification Committee of Alta Vista Garden Club was charged with looking for potential projects that address our local, state and national garden club goals: “Look to the Garden through the Eyes of a Child: A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities,” and “Leap into Action” gardening with children. Our club sponsors many projects in school gardens and support getting children involved with nature.
This fall, we granted $1,000 to the Outdoor School Habitat at Coyote Springs Elementary School, led by Mr. Brent Welsh, teacher of the Gifted and Talented and the Outdoor School Habitat.
This is what Mr. Welsh stated in the application for the AVGC grant: Our goal is to have an after-school program that would extend our learning outside of the classroom and class day. My student experts want to extend their learning by bringing in their parents and community members to teach them about gardening and cooking.
Students have become experts by using the “Slow Food Good Clean and Fair” cookbook. This program has taught us about healthy eating which includes basic flavors and how to create flavors such as sweet, salty, savory, bitter and sour, using heathy alternatives like fruits, yogurts, nuts, vegetables. We want to share our knowledge and expertise with our community.
Our final goal is to expand our school garden so that more of our students and community members can experience and enjoy “home-grown-healthy-clean” eating. Some of the items that this fundraiser will help to purchase are: cooking utensils, food for classes, gardening tools, raised beds, irrigation supplies, fertilizer and much more.
We agree with Mr. Welsh that this is a great idea and hope that our donation brings their after school program to reality!