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07-01-15

Gardening is a great way to get children to connect with nature and learn more about fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. But that’s not all. These gardens also offer children the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in science, math and language arts. Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about cultivating one of these living libraries, whether it’s a small herb garden on a windowsill, a community garden, or a larger garden at your child’s school. Gardens can promote your child’s learning, healthy eating habits, and appreciation for nature. Here are some ideas to help get you started:

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06-12-15

Jeanne McCarty, Scott Feille, and Margie Hernandez discuss REAL School Gardens. Sam Ullery discusses OSSE's school garden initiative.

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06-10-15

In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” campaign, a program that heavily emphasized bringing energy and exercise back into kids’ lives to reduce childhood obesity. While there are conflicting views on the effectiveness of this campaign, it did increase awareness of a terrible problem our country is facing, and how parents and educators need to get more involved to make a change in our children’s diets.

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06-01-15

Three school initiatives funded by Kaiser Permanente “People don’t know a lot about bats. They imagine them as scary creatures that will suck their blood,” Karen, 11, of Riverdale said.When designing her dream garden for Beacon Heights Elementary School in Riverdale, flower beds and fruit trees weren’t enough for fifth-grader Karen Sigala — she said her school needs a bat cave. All ideas — especially bat habitats — from students, parents and teachers will be fair game when Real School Gardens, a Fort Worth, Texas-based nonprofit, helps the school build its new garden. “The students are so excited they can have a part in this and think about what is important to them,” said Jeanne McCarty, executive director of Real School Gardens.

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05-10-15

About a dozen elementary school students in pink leotards and butterfly wings pranced in front of Turner Elementary School as a crowd of a few hundred cheered them. “They are so pretty,” said Lisaura Naverrete, a mother of three Turner students in the crowd, which was flanked by large dirt piles, wheelbarrows and dozens of shovels and pickaxes. The event commemorated the one-day construction of a learning garden at W.J. Turner Elementary. The effort was sponsored by REAL School Gardens, a Fort Worth nonprofit that has supported creating similar learning gardens at 105 elementary schools across North Texas, including in the Arlington and Birdville school districts. Plans call for the Fort Worth-based program to expand nationally.

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05-03-15

On Friday, May 8, parents, teachers and students at W. J. Turner Elementary will join together to build a beautiful learning garden in just one day! Thanks to the generosity and hard work of FedEx Office and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the 580 students at the school will soon have a brand new place to learn and succeed.

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03-18-15

Students, staff, parents and volunteers celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with green thumbs on Tuesday, March 17, as they planted a new garden at John Quincy Adams Elementary School. Fifth-grader Raymond Arguelles relished the opportunity to grab a shovel and help with digging duties. But he’s also looking forward to making a few new friends, too. “A lot of times, you hardly see that,” he said of birds and wildlife, gesturing to a banner emblazoned with a large blue jay. “With a garden, they might just stop by.” Tuesday’s installation marks the 27th garden coordinated by nonprofit REAL School Gardens, and the first one at a Pleasant Grove campus.

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03-17-15

On MARCH 17 Wells Fargo will team together with parents, teachers and students at John Quincy Adams Elementary School for a day of hard work to build a beautiful learning garden! Thanks to the generosity and volunteers of Wells Fargo, Adams Elementary School and Pleasant Grove will now have a modern outdoor learning classroom as a new resource for its 750 students to learn and succeed.

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03-17-15

DALLAS — As the first day of spring approaches, volunteers are trying to do what nature struggles with: Yield a harvest in a desert. Dozens of volunteers helped transform a part of John Quincy Adams Elementary School into a garden and outdoor classroom. "It tends to be a lot of junk food, so one of the things that we are educating them on is making better choices," said Principal Nancy Bernardino.

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02-22-15

On Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8 a.m., 200 volunteers will join the children and parents of Maple Lawn Elementary School to build a beautiful learning garden in just one day! Thanks to a partnership between REAL School Gardens, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the 600 children of Maple Lawn Elementary School will soon have a brand new place to learn and succeed

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02-21-15

200 volunteers started their Saturday working at the BIG DIG in Dallas. The day of service involved students, school staff and volunteers working to create a school learning garden. The garden is being built at Sudie L. Williams Elementary School. Students will now have a modern outdoor learning classroom. It is all collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and REAL School Gardens. Once the garden is installed, REAL School Gardens will hold on-site teacher training for three years to help teachers use the garden to improve academic performance, said Scott Feille, Regional Director of REAL School Gardens.

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02-12-15

Our amazing educator Logan LeCompte was included in this wonderful video Bradfield Elementary created to showcase their learning garden program.

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01-01-15

YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN can be far more than a pretty place to grow flowers and vegetables. Taking class outdoors for lessons and investigations will help your students apply academics to the real world, practice higher order thinking skills, and experience lesson content in a more engaging and hands-on way. Students simply love learning outside the walls of a classroom and learning gardens provide a natural instructional resource for teacher and student engagement. To empower teachers in the United States to take their class outside more often, our non-profit has expert educators that work side-by-side with elementary teachers in school gardens, modeling how to introduce new objectives and reinforce mastery of challenging content.

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