A Garden Storyby: Linda Keteyian

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Gardening in a neglected schoolyard became a catalyst for schoolwide science learning in an urban school in Detroit. Not only did students learn about plant requirements and care for numerous flowers and trees, but they also discovered the motivational benefits of working together and beautifying their surroundings.

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  • on Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:13 PM

The resource, A Garden Story, is useful in gaining inspiration for a gardening or environmental unit for teachers. It tells the story how one skill full science club made kindergarten through fifth graders dream of having a school garden come true. The students lived in an urban area (Detroit) and thought that it was never possible but through scientific dedication it did. The article explained how the club researched grants and finally received one that made it all possible. This can be a useful resource for teachers looking where to start when wanting to create a school garden. I myself learned that you can receive a grant for this project and thought it was very fascinating. Overall, I would rate this article 5/5 because it is great for inspiration.

Jocelyn B
Jocelyn B

  • on Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:51 PM

What a wonderful article! My school received a grant this year for 4 courtyard gardens. I cannot wait to go out to the garden with my students and teach them how to take care of it.

Elizabeth Mims  (Mobile, AL)
Elizabeth Mims (Mobile, AL)

  • on Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:46 PM

I love how this garden project brought such light to this school! It's amazing how it brought everyone together. I would love to do this in my future school. It not only teaches students math, science, reading and writing, it also teaches them how to work with others! Students learn so much more than what they would by just watching it if they have the opportunity to be hands on!

Kaylee Buck
Kaylee Buck

  • on Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:32 PM

The author provides information on how one small garden planned and planted by students grew into several to green areas around the school. In the process she describes agencies that provided grants and information on how she found community assistance and support which provide a good starting resource for others who are interested in incorporating gardening in their urban or sub-urban school environments.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 3:41 PM

This is an inspirational article which shows how an elementary school in Detroit surrounded by an area burnt, broken and covered in trash developed a green space around their school.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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