The Tyler ISD Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) has been awarded a “Planting Seeds for Success” Gardening Grant sponsored by Fit City Tyler, NET Health, Texas Organic Soil, Smith County AgriLife Extension Agency, Micro Family Farms and the East Texas Food Bank.
“I am so excited our students at DAEP will be able to work with Fit City Tyler and the new garden,” DAEP teacher Ashley Griffin, said. “Students will have opportunities to learn about and apply healthy choices while also having access to a project that will benefit them with exercise, gardening skills, purpose, and curriculum-based assignments.”
Curriculum and lesson plans will not be limited to planting and cultivating only, Ms. Griffin says. For English class, students will be able to journal, write procedural texts, read gardening texts, and engage with other materials related to the garden. For social studies, they will have an opportunity to better internalize concepts like cash crops, subsistence farming, tenant farming, the problems connected with crop failures, etc. And, for science, students will study the emergence of seedlings as well as observe the effects of positive and negative geotropisms along with phototropism.
“The garden will give the students true field experience in observations, data collection and analysis; all are process skills we are striving to enhance over the school year.”
“The Planting Seeds for Success Garden Grants were the brainchild of several community sponsors of Fit City Tyler: NET Health, Texas Organic Soil, the Smith County AgriLife Extension Agency, Micro Family Farms and the East Texas Food Bank,” says Terrence Ates, community outreach director at NET Health. “The application period was open to any school campus, non-profit organization or local business who either wanted to create a new community garden or who sought assistance with their existing community garden. Three schools in our community were awarded a Planting Seeds for Success grant and we are excited to see how each garden will benefit students in our community.”