On Saturday, families participating in Southwest Solutions’ Early Language Learners Program (ELLP) at Lighthouse Academy in southwest Detroit built raised garden beds at the school in partnership with school staff, community residents, Keep Growing Detroit and FoodCorps. The ongoing volunteer effort is part of the Toyota Family Learning / National Center for Families Learning initiative that enhances our ELLP. Inside the school, the ELLP families hosted several activity stations. Parents prepared veggie kabobs to give the kids a taste of foods that will be planted in the garden, and children planted pea seeds and painted mosaic tiles for the garden’s sign. A book giveaway included a variety of books related to food, gardening and meal time. Going forward, the families will be supporting the planting, maintaining and harvesting of the gardens. ELLP parents are working with the school staff to start a composting program, build flower beds, and provide parent support during science classes for grades k-3 this spring as teachers cover plant units. At Saturday’s garden build, 10 ELLP families participated – with a total of 14 adults and 24 children. There were 18 additional children and 12 adults from the school and community. Frank Donner, 4th grade teacher at Lighthouse and garden club sponsor, helped direct the effort. To help prepare ELLP families for the garden build, Keep Growing Detroit provided a garden education workshop in the ELLP class in January.
See the Facebook photo essay: Families create new garden beds at Lighthouse Academy