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High Point Elementary Fifth Graders Plant First Edible Park at Sugar Hollow
Fri, November 7, 2014
Fifth grade teachers at HPES are very proud of their students. Read the message below from Denise Peterson who is the Learning Landscapes Manager for Appalachian Sustainable Development.
Last Wednesday, the High Point 5th grade landed at Sugar Hollow Park to help ASD plant one of the region’s first Edible Parks. Students were incredible! Having worked with groups of students for the past several decades, I can assure you that you should be very proud of their behavior! It was a large group, but they were quiet and respectful when asked. They listened to instruction and worked very hard… and hard work it was. Your students dug holes in extremely hard ground; learning new techniques and having fun. They were asked to measure dimensions of the potted plant they had to plant and I saw more than one light bulb go off! “Ah, Length times width times depth, I remember”. And now some of them know how to apply these learnings. We saw lots of smiles but more importantly we saw kids helping other kids; they complemented each other instead of criticized, and together, as a team were able to help us successfully plant and protect 14 trees and shrubs. Hopefully, by the time these same students get to high school, their trees will be bearing fruits. Thank you for allowing us to work with your students. We look forward to working with them again this spring.
Students returned to High Point to write reflections in their journals. Many students have now turned those reflections into essays that will be sent to Ms. Peterson. She will send the essays to the funders for ASD’s HEAL Appalachia grant. The grant from Mountain States Health Alliance is entitled, “Planting the Fruits of a Healthy Future.” The purpose of the project is to teach students about growing fruit trees: how they can be planted in backyards and community parks and how fruits are a part of a healthy diet. Students planted native trees such as pawpaw, persimmon, serviceberry, blueberry, and more. Students have already begun taking family members to see their edible garden.