Voices Into Action Awards West Lee Mini Grant
Voices Into Action, an organization that partners with communities to support access to healthy, affordable food and safe places to be active, has given Ms. Melanie Parker, West Lee's Biotechnology teacher, a mini grant to build and maintain a garden at our school. Below is the article published on the Voices Into Action website.
West Lee Middle School Garden:
West Lee Middle School received a 2014 mini-grant from Voices into Action to start an educational garden on school grounds. Melanie Parker, an agriculture education and biology teacher at West Lee, will bring her students outside for hands-on learning as they cultivate fruits and vegetables that will then be shared with other students and their families. Melanie and her students, along with West Lee Middle’s Student Council, are learning how to build garden beds, thanks to help from the high school FFA. All of Melanie’s students, 6th through 8th grade, will get a chance to work in the garden as part of their agriculture education curriculum.
Soon, Melanie and her students will plant fall and winter seeds—like broccoli and lettuce—in the school’s greenhouse; these seedlings will then be planted in the new garden beds when they are complete. Working in the garden will give students a chance to get out of the classroom and enjoy some physical activity in the outdoors, while giving them the skills and knowledge to tend to and grow healthy and delicious garden fruits and vegetables.