Testimonials

Every year, REAL School Gardens works with schools, teachers, students, corporate partners and school administrators. From 4th graders who just discovered they love science, to CEOs who just came away from a great volunteer day, REAL School Gardens’ staff members work hard to ensure all of our partners have a great experience.

Chris Nassetta – CEO Hilton

REAL School Gardens organized a fantastic event for our team to work alongside students and create an outdoor classroom that they can enjoy for years to come.

REAL School Gardens organized a fantastic event for our team to work alongside students and create an outdoor classroom that they can enjoy for years to come. Many of our Team Members commented that this was the best community service event we’ve ever done, and I wholeheartedly agree.

Jaylin and Jissel — Students

I think every school should have a garden, because it can give kids a chance to be good at something.

I think every school should have a garden, because it can give kids a chance to be good at something.

Jaylin and Jissel had never watched anything grow before they had a REAL school garden. Now the thing that’s grown the most is the girls’ understanding of their lessons. The girls learned science while conducting experiments and investigating the different properties of plants. They learned math while calculating the exact center of the garden to plant a tree, and the volume of dirt in a raised bed. The girls thrived when learning in the garden, and their grades started improving—Jaylin’s improved from Cs to As.
Jaylin says “I think every school should have a garden, because it can give kids a chance of being good at something.

Scott Smith — Teacher

It feels like a dream come true.

It feels like a dream come true. I just can’t sing the praises of REAL School Gardens enough.

After 15 years of teaching, Scott Smith felt burned out. I was quickly losing my enthusiasm for the job,” said Scott. But then REAL School Gardens installed a learning garden in February 2011, and Scott immediately embraced the new resource. Scott says, “The REAL school garden has made such a difference. I love being a teacher again, and my enthusiasm is contagious. The whole class is a lot more engaged in the science lessons we do outside. Whether that involves working with the vegetable beds or just measuring perimeters and calculating areas, the garden brings learning to life, and makes a huge difference in what my students understand and remember.

Jennifer Chandler – Managing Director, Texas Region U.S. Trust

Seeing employees and their families working together to accomplish so much in such a short amount time sets a REAL School Gardens project apart from other non-profit engagements.

Seeing employees and their families working together to accomplish so much in such a short amount time sets a REAL School Gardens project apart from other non-profit engagements.  And the spirit of generosity and community generated by the project is always a sincere takeaway for those involved.

Jennifer Korman – Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

REAL School Gardens does volunteerism right.

REAL School Gardens does volunteerism right.  Their projects are always a highlight of our Week of Caring.  The team leaves tired, but always fulfilled, knowing that the lasting contribution to the schools we support makes a real difference for teachers and students.

Sherry Key – Wells Fargo Senior Vice President, Community Affairs

At Wells Fargo, we offer many volunteer experiences for our 5,500 North Texas team members.

At Wells Fargo, we offer many volunteer experiences for our 5,500 North Texas team members.   REAL School Gardens consistently delivers a seamless, turn-key operation for my team that takes every detail into account with a graceful and personal touch.

Nicolas – Student

When I have contact with the garden and get to have experiences, I learn better than when I just read about things.

When I have contact with the garden and get to have experiences, I learn better than when I just read about things.

Principal Hovseth – Gabe P. Allen Elementary

If a candidate isn’t willing to use our garden to teach, we don’t hire them.

If a candidate isn’t willing to use our garden to teach, we don’t hire them. It’s that important.

Margarita Hernandez – Principal at Pershing Elementary

In classrooms, as great as they are, some of the learning is artificial.

In classrooms, as great as they are, some of the learning is artificial. And in that artificial space, you’re trying to teach them about the world. School gardens are trending, but they’re trending for the right reasons. It’s a lot of social, emotional balance and multisensory connections to everything you do.My kids are growing up just looking through life really through a window, they go from door to door. And when you go door to door, how enriching of a life can you have if you don’t go out and explore?

Nina Lattimore – Principal – Capitol Heights Elementary School

One of the things I love to see is how the teachers now use the garden as a tool to help connect to students’ different learning styles.

One of the things I love to see is how the teachers now use the garden as a tool to help connect to students’ different learning styles.   They’re also connecting subjects to real-life situations and it means so much more to the kids.  Children are hungry for new experiences, and in the outdoor classroom, there’s something new to experience and learn every day.  The cross-curricular applications are wonderful too, especially in Math and Science.  Taking lessons outdoors and weaving them together gives them all more meaning and impact.  You’ll never hear one of our students say ‘Why do I have to learn this?  I’m never going to use this.’  Now they understand that everything they learn at school matters in the real world, because we brought the world into our school.

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