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.