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Local School Garden Ready For First Full Year

Mount Kisco, NY-- To learn and grow are two goals that a school can have for its children throughout a year. For the Bedford Central School District, learning to grow food is an added part of the curriculum.

For the first time in the District, each elementary school will have a full scholastic year with its own garden. The Mount Kisco Elementary School site was opened this past June, the last of the five elementary schools to receive one.

Filled with many pieces of produce for the kids to learn about and work with, the Mount Kisco Elementary School Community Garden is the perfect outdoor classroom experience.

This practice is not only for learning ways to grow food, but understanding the links between gardening and its place in history.

“Every class goes out to the garden twice a month, and the Master Gardener instructs them and connects it to curriculum,” Says Nancy Colangelo, the Elementary Consulting Teacher of Mount Kisco Elementary. “If the third grade is studying Native Americans, [the gardener] has the three sister plants they’ll plant in the garden.”

Through a $10,000 grant from the Bedford Garden Club, the school constructed the garden on an old tennis court right across the street from the main building. The money was only enough to build half of the structure, but the students enjoy it all the same.

“One of our elementary students went home with a handful of radishes, and he came home with the biggest smile on his face, as if he was bringing home a pot of gold,” said Colangelo. “She said he was so proud of what he grew in the community garden!”

The outdoor learning center is on its way to being built for Mount Kisco Elementary, which will be the newest addition to the garden.

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