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.

Maisha Riddlesprigger – Ketcham Elementary Principal

This outdoor classroom increases the J-factor at our school, and by that I mean Joy — Joy of learning and simple joy in these kids’ lives every day.

This outdoor classroom increases the J-factor at our school, and by that I mean Joy — Joy of learning and simple joy in these kids’ lives every day. They’re going to look forward to coming to school because of our partnership with REAL School Gardens.

I had a student so excited about a lesson where they’d been measuring, she came running through the halls to come get me and share her experience with me. She had a tape measure in one hand and an onion she’d grown in the other. She showed me exactly how it was done. She was so proud, so thrilled. That’s what school means to her now. Excitement and pride

The learning garden has been a great way to engaged students in social emotional learning.

The outdoor classroom is great for kids with I.E.P.s and Special Needs. They’re able to stay engaged in the lessons with the other kids. It’s easier for teachers to make sure they’re not being marginalized.

Jenny Christian – STEM Science Director

REAL School Gardens is an amazing partner not only for our campuses, but also our local communities.

REAL School Gardens is an amazing partner not only for our campuses, but also our local communities. The gardens not only instill a sense of pride on the campuses, but also provide outdoor learning opportunities that increase student achievement and whole-child student development.  By providing first-hand experiences through outdoor inquiry-based lessons, students are exposed to real world opportunities that last a lifetime.

Elena Steven -5th grade Science, Henderson Elementary

She loved everything about the learning garden.

She loved everything about the learning garden. She’d gardened with her grandparents in Mexico and she was really good at this. Her confidence surged. We’d go outside for lessons and she’d answer questions. After a few lessons outside, she started talking to her classmates and making friends. And she really understood all the scientific concepts behind the lessons we did. By 5th grade, she came up to me wide-eyed and excited and said, ‘I absolutely love science!’ It’s moments like those that I live for as a teacher. To be there when something clicks.

Dr. Maxwell – Superintendent, Prince George’s County.

There’s a shared vision in Prince George’s County of what our schools should aspire to be.

There’s a shared vision in Prince George’s County of what our schools should aspire to be.

We want our students to be excited learners. We want our teachers to have a deep impact. We want parents to be invested in each school’s success. And we want our facilities to be clean, green, welcoming places that connect children to the larger world. 

That’s why Prince George’s County Public Schools partners with REAL School Gardens, which offers instructional coaching that empowers teachers to bring learning to life. Students who love science and math tend to stick with it, preparing them for the in-demand STEM jobs of the future. REAL School Gardens also creates incredible outdoor classrooms that essentially allow students to take a field trip every day. 

Every parent wants a child who’s engaged and excited at school, and every child deserves lessons that help them succeed in school and in life. We’re proud that REAL School Gardens helps to give our teachers the training and tools they need to achieve our goals.

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