Students at Benjamin Logan in Mrs. Hilbun’s fourth-grade class (pictured) participated in their first grant writing experience recently.
The “Growing Minds and Nourishing Bodies” project stemmed from the students reading about the first Thanksgiving feast. After discussing how to have a garden in their classroom, Mrs. Hilbun brought up the problem of funding and the students came up with the idea to ask for the money.
Mrs. Hilbun then worked cooperatively with the students to complete the Operation Round Up grant application. After editing the application, they sent it to the Logan County Electric Cooperative and received a letter from the Community Connection Fund Board of Trustees awarding them $250.
The students have read many stories and articles about plants, gardening, and soil.
Students have planted seeds that have sprouted and have written in their journals weekly about their observations.
Sixth-grade student Landon Wenger made and donated a raised garden to the class and the seeds were donated by High Mowing and Seeds of Change.
Logan County Farmers Market Manager Chloe Manor has been helping out weekly in the classroom on the project.
Students will have the opportunity to take their plants home at the end of the school year or donate them to a food pantry, where they will be given to families.
The hands-on nature of gardening can enrich curriculum, improve students' interest in learning, encourage them to eat well, and develop social skills. Introducing children to gardening instills a life-long passion for plants and respect for the environment.