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The workshop focuses on three main topics: how to go about creating a school garden program; how to integrate the garden into the school’s curriculum; and how to sustain the program long-term by securing the necessary funding and volunteer energy. Each presentation will address all three topics from a unique perspective.
|9:00am – 9:10am||Introduction and welcome with Steven Schnell, Department of Geography, Kutztown University|
|9:10am – 9:55am||Kay Fritz, Third Grade teacher and Garden Committee member, Kutztown Elementary School|
|9:55am – 10:10am||Break, with curricular displays by Kutztown University Education students|
|10:10am – 10:55am||Gordon Hoodak, Principal, Lauer’s Park Elementary, Reading PA, and Nick Hemmerich, garden coordinator, Lauer’s Park Elementary, Reading, PA|
|10:55am – 11:10am||Break, with curricular displays by Kutztown University Education students|
|11:10am – 11:55am||Chip Clark, gardening team, Radio Park Elementary School (State College, PA) and Gray’s Woods Elementary (Port Matilda, PA); Celeste Newcomb, garden coordinator, Gray’s Wood’s Elementary School (Port Matilda, PA)|
|12:00pm – ≈12:30pm||Informal Q&A, tour of KES school garden with snacks and live music by Dane and The Chameleons—a jazz trio featuring two KES grads|
Participants will receive a book of garden-themed lesson plans, tied to curricular standards, for a variety of subjects, developed by Kutztown University Education students in EEU 205, Teaching Science in Early Childhood, taught by Krista Varano. Workshop attendees are eligible for 3½ Act 48 credits.