Congratulations to our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Preschool Teachers for being named the Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Heroes for the month of September! Thanks to the efforts of ECFE preschool teachers Mary Sullivan, Angie Zbarack, and Shelley Mills, our ECFE preschools recently implemented new curriculum to support sustainable healthy eating habits. A grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program has allowed them to cultivate a tower garden in one Wee Tigers Preschool classroom and fill a portable greenhouse in another. This October, with the help of a local Eagle Scout, they will add three raised garden beds at the Meadowview and Riverview early childhood locations.
In preparation for this new initiative, the ECFE preschool teachers attended the Schoolyard Gardens Conference and were inspired by what they learned. “We felt the best way to engage children would be by having a garden that they can be a part of from the seed to the table,” said Ms. Mills. So far, the gardens have been popular with students. “They love to go up to the Tower Garden and pick their snack for the day. They were even able to make their own salad for a snack,” said Ms. Mills.
Thinking about starting your own Schoolyard (or classroom, or windowsill, or other) Garden? The ECFE preschool teachers recommend starting small and getting advice from others. “There are so many options! There is something for every classroom or program,” Ms. Mills shared.
Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Heroes are members of our school community who have made positive changes to enhance wellness in their lives. They are selected from nominations submitted to our Farmington Area Public Schools Wellness Committee. For more information about the wellness committee please click here.