Academic research shows that learning in the outdoors benefits students intellectually, psychologically and socially.
Hands-on contact with nature – rather than a text book – has a positive effect on a student’s ability and retention level. By integrating the garden into the school’s existing curriculum, the children have an opportunity to learn about science, math, health studies, climate changes, international trade routes and global economics – all in their own backyard. 89% of Elementary School Principals gave academic instruction as their number one reason for a school garden. We call it “Vegucation.”
As a result, the seed has been planted into our minds to the numerous possibilities here at Ross Road. The Environment Club children have already started their work from the “ground up” and have planted some vegetables in the front garden. Each of them eagerly got their hands dirty and carefully began the growing process. Their minds are bursting with ideas on the possibilities of next year’s garden and their newly awaiting “life laboratory”. And now we wait….
– Gillian Gorton