As Jacob Shapiro Elementary School transitions into Jacob Shapiro STEM Academy, they bring with it plans to develop a school garden on site. Beginning this spring, Growing Oshkosh, local leaders in the school garden movement, will assist Shapiro’s team in developing a school garden project for their teachers and students.
Sarah Adumat, K-8 STEM Coach for the Oshkosh school district, believes the school garden will benefit Shapiro’s team who supports project-based lessons. Adumat explains, “with the new science standards the district adopted, teachers are focusing on science and engaging students in the engineering design process.” The school garden will help make connections in the K-5 curriculum that involve topics such as plants, gardening, soil, and ecosystems.
Shapiro has received grants to assist in the development of this project. Linda Colantonio, a second grade teacher at Shapiro, received a $500 grant from Meemic which sparked further interest in applying for additional funding. Since then, Shapiro has received a grant from Kids Gardening to add to the additional beds that they are receiving from Growing Oshkosh.
Adumat reminds us that the garden will serve as a new beginning for the STEM Academy mission. She says, “the mantra of Shapiro STEM Academy is: Empowering Hearts and Minds. This garden will be part of the celebration of our new name and commitment to inquiry-based learning that connects the arts, literacy and STEM disciplines in an engaging way.”
Growing Oshkosh will be hosting a free event discussing the future of school gardens in the Oshkosh area on Thursday, February 16th at Peace Lutheran Church located at 240 W 9th Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54902. The event begins at 6:00pm!
Photo obtained from: http://shapiro.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/