April 19th, 2016 by Duarte Dispatch
At Royal Oaks Elementary a garden ripe with fresh, organically grown delights grows under the careful care of our students.
This real-life, hands-on, and experiential learning opportunity incorporates the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (N.G.S.S.). With guidance from teachers Kathy Covert and Krysty Leckrone, students are responsible for tending to every aspect of the garden from the design, implementation, and maintenance.
For the past two years, the students have been able to see first-hand the garden evolve from a plan on paper and a few pots to what is now eight raised beds with an additional herb garden. Recent additions have included rain barrels, compost bins, and worm harvest bins.
Through generous donors, grants awarded to the teachers, and district support, the garden project continues to grow and students are able to dig deeper into the learning throughout all core curriculum. The students’ ultimate goal is to provide fresh produce to members of the community by opening a farm stand at the school and to be able to give to those less fortunate so that every family in Duarte can have a healthy and affordable meal on their table each day.
To tour the Royal Oaks’ Garden, make a donation to the project or learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.