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Crouse CLC celebrates ‘Plant Day’ May 20

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photos courtesy of the American Heart Association
WEST AKRON — Crouse Community Learning Center (CLC) was selected as the site of an American Heart Association Teaching Garden, sponsored locally by Summa Health System, and on May 20, students, teachers and volunteers gathered in celebration of “Plant Day” to care for the gardens on school grounds.

The Teaching Garden will be cared for by community volunteers, school staff, students and families.

The American Heart Association Teaching Garden Program is part of the organization’s effort to change the way Americans eat and think about food, according to association officials. With a focus on elementary school students, the Teaching Garden Program provides hands-on learning experiences. Students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits, according to association officials.

During Plant Day, students learned how to handle and care for the plants, as shown above right.

On May 10, staff from the American Heart Association, Summa Health System and Crouse CLC, as well as community volunteers, joined together to construct the planter boxes that form the Teaching Garden. Participants in this Build a Box Day are shown at top.

Crouse CLC received up to 10 raised planter boxes, and the garden has space for instructional, storage, watering and compost efforts. Additionally, the school received supplemental materials to make the gardening process convenient, such as garden gloves, seed packets, trowels, cultivators, pruners, buckets and a hose. The staff will receive a mini camcorder to help record and share the success of the garden with students, parents, staff and the community.

As part of the garden creation, Crouse CLC also received curriculum suggestions to complement the hands-on experience students will have by working in the garden. The teaching garden lessons contain 35 standards-based lessons and activities for kindergarteners through fifth-graders.

For more information about the American Heart Association Teaching Garden program, visit www.heart.org or call 330-664-1902.

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