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In this ever-changing and diverse world, seniors and youth gardening together is a natural common ground. Wisdom needs to be passed along to an open mind. Our youth are in search of something with meaning to give them purpose. Gardening will give us all the “Grounding” we need to get back to nature while providing us with real, fresh, nutrient- rich food.
Seniors and Sprouts, and Bill Sheeler have brought the joy of gardening to my kindergarten students. Not only are they getting excited about gardening, and eating healthier, but the educational curriculum that we are creating around this program is constantly growing.
Pottstown Area School District
To Seniors and Sprouts;
My granddaughter, Sophia, is a Kindergarten student at Rupert Elementary School in Pottstown. We visited her school this fall and she was excited to show us the indoor garden that her teacher and class are working with this year. Sophia likes to help me in my garden at home. This past spring, she planted a lima bean seed at Pre-K Counts and was excited to watch it grow. We planted the seedling in a pot at my house, and she cared for it all summer until it was time to pick the pods. Sophia was excited to find the beans inside! We didn’t get many lima beans, but we cooked the ones we had and enjoyed the snack!
Now, with Seniors and Sprouts, and her school’s involvement, she will continue to learn about growing her own food as well as the need to eat a healthy diet. I look forward to hearing about this project as the school year progresses. I am sure that she and I will enjoy even more garden time this summer as well. Thanks to this project, Sophia will continue to have a ‘hands-on’ learning experience that she will be able to use for the rest of her life.
Carolyn M Dillon