Sunday, March 4, 2012

Seeds for Schools Winner #10 - Hutto Elementary School

Hutto Elementary School
Hutto, TX
# of Students: 552
Gardening Since: 2010

Hutto Elementary School serves pre-K through 4th grades and special needs units. There are 553 students enrolled and the school was founded in 1985.

They have constructed 32 square feet of garden beds that are utilized by various classes for hands on exploration and integrated lessons. The decision to start a gardening program was made because teachers wanted more outdoor investigations for science and math to meet the outdoor exploratory requirements from the TEKS.

“We would have a steady supply of seeds to choose from in order to keep our gardens useful,” said faculty member and application submittter, Vanessa Henson. “We are wanting to start a junior master gardener class and the seeds will aid in that learning.”

Each grade level classroom has its own square foot garden bed that give teachers the ability to facilitate learning plans around. Students are given their own area to plant seeds, nurture them, record observations and the of course harvest.

A garden gives their students that ability to bring to life teachings from the class room.

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