Clayton Middle teachers Allison Dunn and Joel Fitzgerald are transforming the school’s enclosed courtyard into an outdoor classroom and community garden.
“We are creating a school garden to promote sustainability and encourage students to learn more about the science of horticulture,” said Dunn.
Also, school gardens promote a healthy lifestyle, inspiring children to explore nutrition and the environment as a whole, Dunn said.
“Our garden will serve as an outdoor classroom integrating science, biotechnology, ecology, math, art and writing,” she said. “Teachers will use our courtyard garden to engage students of all levels in hands-on, cross-disciplinary lessons.”
In order to help fund the outdoor classroom, Dunn said the school is asking for donated items, monetary donations and funding from the PTA and Booster Club. Also, the school is seeking grant dollars.
Dunn added that she and Fitzgerald are planning to hold a few Saturday garden workdays, where students, parents, staff, and community members are invited to work in the garden.