I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The attached photo recently taken in Mrs. Duguay’s 5th grade classroom captures Kim Bondi, Executive Director of Classroom, Emily Post, Educational Program Coordinator, and a group of students as they examine mason bees as part of a unit of study that integrates our school garden into their scientific studies.
Classroom in Bloom is a community garden, built to inspire Methow Valley children to live a healthy lifestyle, make healthy choices, and eat healthy food. Our Farm-to-Cafeteria program teaches about sustainable food systems that support our agricultural community, providing experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities and a place-based sense of wonder. Our school garden produces thousands of pounds of produce, donated to the school cafeterias, the summer lunch program, and the Cove food bank.
Some of the many enriching programs of study associated with Classroom in Bloom include:
- Elementary School garden curriculum
- Garden Club after school program
- Locals Lunch program
- Harvest of the month program in school cafeterias
- Kids summer day camps
- Adult DirtWorks education programs
- High school internship program
- High school senior project mentorship
- Expanded planting area
- Worm composting and education
- Winter culinary kitchen program
- Approximately 2,000 pounds of produce annually
Thank you Public School Funding Alliance and Classroom in Bloom for your tireless efforts to ignite the innate curiosity and sense of wonder that exists within each and everyone of us!