The Before and After School Enriched (B.A.S.E.) Daycare Program Green Clubs have a tradition of celebrating the harvest from the school gardens each fall in an annual Harvest Party. The festivities are centered around connecting the school community to their garden and promoting healthy eating through preparing nutritional meals. Other benefits include engaging staff, students and parents with the garden as well as enriching students with life skills through hands-on learning experiences in gardening and cooking.
B.A.S.E Daycare Green Club students celebrated this year’s hard work in their gardens with Mr. Ryan at their Harvest Party where they made delicious food, decorated and played games. Vegetables that were part of this year’s yield include carrots, kale, lettuce and pumpkins. To set the tone for their harvest celebrations, students decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and vegetables to create a festive atmosphere using all recyclable materials. Students at Parkdale Elementary School prepared homemade pizza from scratch, while students at St. Monica Elementary School harvested vegetables from their garden to make soup. Students at both Cedarcrest Elementary School and Hampstead Elementary School played fun games such as pumpkin stacking and garden ball toss with pumpkins that they grew in their school gardens!