American Heart Association
Oak Hill has been selected as one of 7 schools in the nation to participate in the teaching garden experience with the American Heart Association. The goal of the initiative is to help build healthy bodies and minds by educating students on how to grow, harvest and the value of good eating habits.
April was a great month for the Oak Hill and American Heart Association’s teaching garden. The month was kicked off with a planting day that included students from kindergarten to sixth grade. Initial April plantings included: snowpeas, lettuce, spinach, nasturtium (edible flowers), radish, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Each week, classes have gone out to check on their beds and helped with weeding and some thinning of seedlings. It has been a very exciting month as some of the students had the luck of finding out who was eating our cabbage! A groundhog seems to enjoy visiting the garden! We have found some nice organic granules that are very foul smelling that keep the critters away. Each day depending on weather, the SACC group is assisting in the garden by watering the vegetables. The garden is making a great comeback.
The students are learning a great deal from the garden already as we have seen nutritional connections being made with poetry, science connections as well as some wonderful blogs being submitted. The students see how gardening can impact so many areas of their learning. We look forward as the students continue to learn and explore and share their findings.
May will be extremely exciting as the students will be back in the garden planting some of our warm weather plants such as basil, beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, marigolds, peppers, sweet potato, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini squash and perhaps even a pumpkin. On May 12, we will hold our GRAND OPENING event where many AHA, Government and FCPS officials will come out and tour our garden. Please check out the website for the latest pictures of activities going on in the garden and what is growing!
Coming soon – you and your family can sign up to care for the garden throughout the summer. Keep an eye out for the sign up list to assist with the care and harvesting of our crops!