Eagle Creek Elementary summer camp students select vegetables that were grown at the school this past year. A garden was grown at the school to teach students about the growing process.

Eagle Creek Elementary summer camp students received bags of vegetables this summer thanks to a school garden that was growing this past year.

During the 2017-18 school year, all Eagle Creek students worked together to create a school garden. They started plants from seed, transplanted the starts, and cared for the garden while school was in session. During the summer, summer camp students and staff watched the garden grow and produce vegetables.

“Each grade level learned about different parts of the growing cycle that aligned with the curriculum in their science and social studies classes,” said third-grade teacher Julie Polkinghorn. “Any time you can connect hands-on learning with your curriculum, it really helps to teach the lesson.”

The garden was started with a mini grant from the Arlington Education Foundation which paid for a greenhouse, seeds, and 10 yards of topsoil. The district’s Support Services department helped to get the raised beds ready for the seeds.

“The garden will be expanding this year so our students have more opportunities to learn,” said Eagle Creek Principal Bethany Belisle. “We are very fortunate in Arlington that we have great partners like the Arlington Education Foundation that support innovative projects in our schools.”

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