Thanks to funds from a recently awarded Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant, Robinson Elementary students received hands-on gardening lessons that will educate, connect, and introduce students to food and gardening.
The grant award supported a new educational garden at Robinson Elementary with the purchase of supplies and equipment, including tools, dirt, seeds and other supplies and materials, to build and maintain the garden beds. The goa l of the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant is to inspire curiosity on growing, tasting, and trying new foods.
The grant also includes an ongoing partnership and collaboration with Kansas City Community Gardens, who served as a resource in building the garden beds and who will provide lesson plans to be used throughout the school year and for all grade levels.
This week, students took the first step towards making their own food by building the two garden beds. Students worked hard to unload the material, build the foundation of the garden beds, place the garden beds where they belong, and shovel the soil needed for the garden beds.
The school garden is a great opportunity for the Robinson school community as it provides for many long-lasting benefits including supporting health and wellness, encouraging nutritious food choices, providing students the opportunity to spend time outdoors, experiencing the reward of fresh produce and the process of growing your own foods, and so much more. We’re excited to watch the garden, and students, grow from this experience!