Glenmont hosts first Teaching Garden

Students did building and planting, and will soon eat veggies of their labors

Glenmont Elementary students help plant fruits and veggies in their new Teaching Garden on campus.

Glenmont Elementary students help plant fruits and veggies in their new Teaching Garden on campus. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Rowe called the garden a “real-life laboratory” where students will gain firsthand experience in understanding the value of good eating habits that can last a lifetime.

“This is truly science at work,” she said.

“We’re very excited to participate in this new initiative to get kids involved in growing and eating healthier foods,” said Bethlehem Central Superintendent Tom Douglas. “We at BC understand that a healthy education begins with health children and we take pride in not only helping our kids grow as students but also as stewards of their environment.”

Glenmont students said they enjoyed the project and look forward to taking care of the garden next year as well. They also liked decorating the garden when the planting was finished.

“We used our creativity to make our garden beautiful,” wrote fifth grader Emily Schoenblum in an essay she read at the event. Other presenters included fourth graders Bailey Ferdette and Natalie Aragona.

Heffernan said there will be two harvests, one in the spring before school ends and one in the fall. Volunteers will tend to the garden over the summer. Heffernan said the hope is to grow enough food to occasionally provide healthy snacks in the cafeteria during lunchtime so the students can see the results of their hard work.

Glenmont teacher Andrew Kourt and parent Diana Hernandez, who both helped coordinate the garden project within the school, were awarded a plaque for their efforts.

“I have to say as a teacher it has been very rewarding to see the students work together as a school community,” said Kourt. “It’s been a true pleasure and I thank the school for everything they have done.”

For more information on getting a Teaching Garden in a school contact the Capital Region American Heart Association at 879-9275 or visit www.heart.org/teachinggarden.

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