This is How We Grow
- Cindy Wray, Shaw Elementary School
- Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Teamwork
At Rose Shaw Elementary, Fuel Up to Play 60 is about adopting an overall healthy lifestyle that includes learning about nutrition, developing social skills, ensuring emotional wellbeing, and promoting mental health. All of these aspects are crucial to the success of my students. One way we do this is through our school garden. A select group of students are the caretakers of several of the garden’s beds. The following is a story from a few of those students in one of our classrooms: “Some of my students can sometimes struggle sitting in a classroom all day. Structured breaks have become part of our day and enable our students to maintain their own emotional wellbeing throughout the day. Before we had a garden, many of the students chose to relax by playing games or staring at a computer screen. However, when break time comes during the day, now they want to go and work in the garden, instead of staying inside and staring at a screen! Even some my most challenging students, who struggle to focus and concentrate on all the work in front of them, can now take 10 minutes in the garden and come back to the classroom ready to learn.” I cannot put a price on the benefits of our school garden, but the impact has been huge. We want to send a sincere thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60 for helping to empower our students to take charge of their own activity and understand that they do not have to be tethered to technology. We would also like to thank Dairy Max for helping to show our students that they do not need to live on a farm to bring home fresh food, they can do so from their own backyards with a little effort and hard work.