Fourth-grade students at Fort Worth's Alice Carlson Elementary recently harvested 145 pounds of potatoes and 30 pounds of onions. The harvest helped stock local food pantry shelves, said fourth-grade teacher Debbie Gerwick. The project also allowed students to learn while helping the environment and society. Alice Carlson is one of more than 30 elementary schools in the Fort Worth school district that partner with the REAL School Gardens program. Through urban gardening, children are exposed to a number of lessons _ from math to writing to social studies.
Another school garden recently made Extra Credit headlines when a pig tested pototoes growing at George C. Clarke Elementary.
The following is a description written by a student:
Potato Project Spring 2011
Reflection written by Mason Moreau
We grew potatoes for the Tarrant County Food Bank to help people get food that don't have any money to buy it themselves. We had to cut and plant seed potatoes and in about 120 days we harvested the potatoes, weighed them, and put them into five pound bags. We took them to the food bank where they had one room for clothing and food in paper bags lined up against the wall of the hallway. That led to the kitchen stocked with food and two refrigerators and then a room with about two boxes filled with old, broken cars. I learned that it really feels good to help somebody out every once in a while, even if you have to go out of your way.