Author: Cindy Butler Focke (Virginian-Pilot Correspondent)
About 70 Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy kindergartners spent more than an hour in the school’s community garden in late November. The sun was shining and the temperature was around 60 degrees — a perfect day to be out in the garden, said Marie Culver, the school’s gifted resource teacher.
“I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if a whole grade level could experience the garden in a positive way,” Culver said.
The tiny gardeners touched the dirt, measured plants, mixed compost, learned about gardening tools, read a book about vegetables and more. Little did they know they were taking part in lessons in math, science and more.
The Title 1 school is An Achievable Dream Academy, a nationally recognized program dedicated to making sure all children can succeed regardless of socioeconomic background.
Excitement was in the air as the youngsters marched toward the sensory garden Sherlock Holmes-style, carrying hand-held magnifying lenses to examine the plants up close.
“Boys and girls, see the parsley!” Culver exclaimed.