Schulze Elementary School gardening program receives $1,000 donation

Schulze Elementary School gardening program receives $1,000 donation
Posted on 10/06/2017
Schulze Elementary School gardening program receives $1,000 donation

Students at Schulze Elementary School will be able to continue their gardening program thanks to a generous donation.

Bexar County Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez presented a $1,000 check to Principal Victoria Treviño on Oct. 4 to fund the school’s Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! (LGEG) program, an interactive classroom to garden experience.

Schulze Elementary and Texas A&M AgriLife launched the program two years ago, and when Commissioner Rodriguez found out the school wasn’t receiving the grant this year, he decided to help.

“As a graduate of Harlandale ISD, this is very important because we didn’t have this while I was growing up,” Commissioner Rodriguez said. “It was exciting when I was here last year; and when I learned that it wasn’t going to continue, I felt like something needed to be done. I’m really excited to come back at the end of the year to see the progress.”

The commissioner promised the students a couple of Spurs game tickets to motivate them to do a good job in their garden. He will be back to announce the winners at the end of the school year.

As part of the project, the students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of subjects including nutrition, science, social studies and math. The students will then implement those topics into their gardening activities.

“I love the curriculum that the LGEG program has. It’s an amazing program for the students, and it just exposes them to vegetables,” Schulze Teacher Andriana Aguilar-Lapoint said. “This is something they’ll be doing from Pre-K through fifth grade. We’ll be watering and weeding. The kids will have ownership, responsibility and see the lifecycle of the plant.”

The garden will also have a variety of herbs including spearmint, oregano and basil, which will allow students to make sensory connections.

“They can touch the plants and say, ‘Oh, my gum smells like that’ when they smell spearmint,” Aguilar-Lapoint added. “We can also extend it into math when they do measurements of the plant’s leaves or create a graph of how long it takes for the plant to boom.”

Overall, the LGEG program’s mission is to grow good kids through an interdisciplinary program that combines academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity and school and family engagement.

“I think it’s a comprehensive approach to gardening and nutrition, as well as food safety, and I just can’t think of a better way for them to increase their vegetable and fruit consumption,” Nelda Speller, director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County, said. 

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