The weather was perfect on June 21st, warm, light breeze and lots of bright sunshine perfect for harvesting a garden with the community. Imagine a student planting a seed in a garden, and just days later seeing a tiny leaf pushing up through the soil. This is what is happening at Linden School No. 4. Students are tending to new plants this Spring and this in return teaches children responsibility and teamwork. This garden is providing an opportunity to bring science, math, social studies, and language arts to life through hands-on gardening.
Linden School No. 4 was awarded a New Jersey Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening grant. The agricultural society was very impressed with School No. 4 plans for a school garden and their enthusiasm for integrating agriculture into their curriculum. Integrating the garden and garden activities into the classroom lessons will not only enable the teacher of School No. 4 and the students to use the garden more, but may also enhance students’ learning.The garden is the first place that students want to go when they get to school. Their participation in the garden instills a sense of ownership, pride, and responsibility. On June 21st the students of School No. 4 invited a few of the community members to come and enjoy a “Friendship” salad. The students saw that had an abundant amount of lettuce of all varieties growing and wanted to share their knowledge. The Mayor of Linden Derek Armstead and Linden Fire Chief Joseph Dooley came to help pick lettuce with the students and enjoy a “Friendship” salad. The students enjoyed learning from the community members and they enjoyed learning from the students of School No. 4.
Gardening brings learning alive.
Pictures by Linden Public Schools.