North Belt Elementary has a new Teaching Garden thanks to Aetna and The American Heart Association. When Principal Macaire McDonough-Davies learned that American Heart Association had a Teaching Garden program, she jumped at the chance to expand the school's existing plant boxes into a better teaching tool. The school had to qualify for the garden project by completing the rigorous application process. Aetna decided to partner with North Belt during the application process.
The garden is expected to teach not only the life cycle of plants, but to provide students with access to fresh produce, more opportunity to be outdoors, and to battle childhood obesity through teaching better nutrition. Each grade level is being given a plant box, and the first harvest is expected in December. Students are keeping track of progress in the garden in their journals. The garden is part of the science curriculum at all grade levels.