Students and staff at Arrowhead Day School have been getting ready for spring.
Earlier this winter, the school community worked with partners from Kansas City Community Gardens to construct two garden beds. In the coming weeks, students will plant vegetables in their school gardens. Click here to see a video.
School Nurse Paula Bunde said that she looks forward to the opportunities students will have to create a garden, from the very beginning of the process to the point of harvesting food. She applied for a grant through the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation to build the gardens, with the hope they will provide opportunities for student to work with their hands, spend time outdoors, and learn more about food and the environment.
It also provides an opportunity for students to work collaboratively on a project.
“I think it’s a great thing and very productive in teaching us how to work with each other,” Matthew, Arrowhead Day School student said.
The Arrowhead Day School community was able to build the gardens through support provided through a Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Excellence in Education (E2) grant, presented to Bunde and the school in 2018. Each year the Foundation presents E2 grants to educators to foster innovative and challenging teaching and learning opportunities. Click here to learn more about the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation.