Tuesday, November 24, 2009
There are some fabulous comments and there have been visitors from all over the world. A really neat feature is her ability to generate Memory Garden momentos which you can buy on-line and a portion of the profits comes to the Garden- how cool is that! I have my eye on a snazzy water-bottle with the Memory Garden logo on and perhaps all my friends might get Memory Garden bags for Christmas - but shhhhh, don't tell!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Greetings PES family -
We are pleased to announce that initial construction phase of the Memory Garden is complete! Each grade is now responsible for an garden area based on their specific state standards. Now it is time to move forward and use this exciting new space and we need your help!
Earth Explorers is a volunteer-run program to enable students to use the Garden as a classroom space. Environmentally based education has been shown to produce gains for students in science, social studies, language arts and mathematics. By engaging in hands-on investigations of the natural world students develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and analysis. By connecting children to the natural world and real world activities, they improve in self-esteem and self-confidence. We want this for our children!
Can you help us with any of the following?
Earth Guardians : volunteers who support the physical development and growth of the garden. Green fingers are not a requirement! While students will be actively engaged in planting and growing in the garden, volunteers support this process. This is particularly true during the summer months when crops and produce planted in the spring will become a valuable teaching tool at the beginning of the school year. We hope to have two Earth Guardians for each grade. Volunteers attend a one hour orientation session. Volunteer service can take place outside school hours.
Earth Guides : volunteers who help provide outdoor education to our students through active engagement in well designed, nationally recognized curriculum. Earth Guides do not need any specialized knowledge or skills. Only curiosity, an appreciation for the natural world, and a desire to help children learn. Our initial goal is to meet with all students once a season for an hour long on-site field trip. Volunteers attend a two hour training session at the beginning of the school year, or beginning of the calendar new year. Volunteers need to be available during school hours.
Earth Angels provide in-kind and monetary donations to the Garden We are very lucky to have an excellent start to our garden. Family, friends, community businesses, and local granting agencies have provided substantial suppor to get us to this point. However, there are some items that would enhance the garden's potential for education, but which lie outside the school budget.
Volunteer Sign Up Sheet
Please sign and return to your child's teacher.
Call or email Sue for more information: 646-9973 / email@example.com
Earth Guardian - I am available- days & times
Earth Guide - I am interested in being a guide for grade (s) :
Please check one or more
5K – Sensory Garden
2nd – Butterfly Garden
Habitats: Monarch Watch
4th– Columbian Exchange
Social Studies Programs
1st – Rainbow Garden
Seasonal planting and growing activities.
3rd– Carolina Fence Grdn
Habitat: Cornell Feeder Watch.
5th Grade – Aquatic Life
Project Wild - Aquatic
6th Grade -Circle Grdn
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I would like to donate
I would like to purchase
Magnifying lens (25) - $30.00
Bird Bath $25 each
Clipboards (25) - $125
Sit-upons – (25) - $125
Bird Feeders $15 each
Plants – Please think of us when you divide your perennials this winter.
Bug box (10) - $20
Bird House $15 each
Butterfly nets (5) - $75
Bird seed $10
General fund - maintenance
Binoculars (6) - $120
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We are also looking for sections of trees to be used as seating and as teaching tools. If you have recently felled a tree, please think of us.
This is only a partial list and prices are approximate.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Clemson students and Dr. Dobbins.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
1. Encouraging teachers to take their students outside to teach.
2. Providing for on-going maintenance of the garden.
3. Ensuring the survival of the garden over the summer.
The conference has inspired me to think concretely about these issues - so look for some new development in the near future. If y'all have any ideas let me know.