The 6th grade gardens are blooming and full of vegetables that are ready for consumption. This can be attributed to Ms. Carey Warner, who has been working to let the sixth graders make an impact.
“As far as the green spaces in our campus go, they’re the leaders on our campus in that,” said Ms. Warner. “I think that’s neat, because since this is something we only do in sixth grade they’re not gonna have to wait until later like a lot of the things at this school. Gardening is a way for the students to have access. Students can feel like part of our community…This is a special part of our school to own.”
For the past four years, Ms. Warner has used gardening as a tool to teach students essential skills. Gardens have inspired lessons such as the sustainability project, in which students brainstorm ideas on how to reduce the carbon footprint of our school. Students participate in a plant sale each year to produce enough funds to buy gardening supplies for the sixth graders that will succeed them the following year.
“There’s a lot of sisterhood that’s formed in having a garden group that you work on the whole year,” said Ms. Warner. “Sometimes I wish we could get outside more, but we also want to use the class as a way to address other leadership topics, study skills, and research skills. Gardening gives you good language to do a lot of that.”