Although relatively new to school gardens, Wright used their 2011-2012 Garden-Based Education grant for a garden coordinator to help design and implement lessons and activities that incorporate standards-based skills and concepts from all core subject areas. In just a short time they have been able to expand and improve the garden. The staff’s interest and support for the garden has increased and several teachers are working closely with the Garden Coordinator to integrate the garden into their lessons.
Currently, 440 students participate in a garden activity on a weekly basis, and their grant will help expand that. A majority of classes have at least one-half hour of scheduled time per week and there are now volunteer opportunities for students to work in the garden during recess and after school. Wright received other grants to install a vermicomposting system and a greenhouse.