" After joining Commissioner Miller for Pleasant Hill Elementary's School Breakfast Week kickoff event, Assistant Commissioner for Food and Nutrition Angela Olige enjoyed a VIP tour of the school's garden.
TDA Assistant Commissioner Angela Olige enjoyed a VIP tour
of the school gardens at Pleasant Hill Elementary in Leander ISD during the
school’s National School Breakfast Week 2016 celebrations.
The school’s Mudslingers team led the tour of their
perennial garden. Angela heard about the
process of building the compass rose garden and observed the beautiful plants
growing in the garden. There was much to
share about the perennial garden thanks to the Mudslingers, one of two student organizations
that maintain the school gardens.
Next, she toured the learning garden beds which had just been
prepped for the spring planning. Mrs.
Erickson explained the upcoming Pizza Garden, the past Three Sisters Garden and
the Olla pots.
Angela asked Liz Ayers and Francine Erickson about obstacles
in constructing and maintaining a school garden. They shared that their primary struggle was
with funding. She also inquired about
how the school as a whole utilizes the garden.
The Mudslingers are led by PE/Health Teacher Liz Ayers.
Participating in the Mudslingers has developed within its members a sense of
pride, leadership skills and a growing
enthusiasm for gardening. The after garden
club, comprised of students and their families, provides support for the planting, harvesting
and general maintenance of the learning garden. Each club meeting includes a
garden lesson and application of the lesson in the garden. Second grade teacher Francine Erickson
oversees it all and ensures that both gardens have education and life long
learning as the primary focus. Both gardens provide the school with an outdoor
classroom setting where teachers can incorporate gardening across all subjects.
Photo courtesy of Leander ISD.