What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?
After a few years of watching the effects of summer reading loss (not KIND), our staff collectively brainstormed ways in which we could stunt or even eliminate this phenomenon. Once we got started with ideas, we couldn't stop. We were empowered to create a learning community that lasts 12 months a year, even if our budget didn't.
While we were not feeling KIND about the learning loss that we witnessed, we also decided that hungry kids can't learn to their greatest capacity. Our families wanted and needed regular fresh fruit and veggies all year.
We decided to create a sustainable learning garden that would eventually provide the missing nutrition and learning students need all summer long as well as during the 9 month school year.
How will you use the $10k?
We will purchase fresh dairy and bread for all families, not just for our school, but for our community as well weekly throughout the summer. We will supply them with fresh fruit and veggies until our garden sustains us all. We will also provide fun and educational programs like a summer long lending library and lots of learning about nature, conservation and sustainability.
We will complete our Community Garden project with fencing and stock it with Michigan native plants, a Monarch Weighstation, and veggies for the summer. We will purchase organic materials to get our soil to adequate growing chemistry. All of this will be learning opportunities for all our teachers, students and their families, as well as our community.
What impact do you hope to make?
Children will not suffer learning, opportunity and healthy food loss in the summer and will be ready to soar when school starts again in the fall. As with all big community-centered projects, our students will retain and gain learning and our learning community will grow 12 months a year. Our diverse community will learn and grow healthier and KINDER together.