To teach students the importance of nurturing not only the environment but also themselves, thereby reinforcing the importance of sustainable practices in both social and environmental contexts.
Seeds of learning are planted each day within our children. These seeds are nurtured and protected. The seeds ultimately flourish into plants with strong roots (the home) and are joined by many other plants that enhance the viability and beauty of the garden where they are planted (the community). Growth is supported by many ingredients including room to grow, sun, and rich soil (the schools). Schools nurture the learning seeds in children, revealing many facets of growth over time. A child’s growth reflects these various dimensions. Physical growth involves nourishing one’s body to make it strong and able to function at an optimal level. Academic growth encompasses challenging curriculum with varied lessons and dedicated teachers. Personal growth involves the ability to relate to both peers and adults. Within these relationships, appropriate communication skills develop and the exchange of ideas is accepted and encouraged.
StART Growing is a program that will creatively integrate science and art in addressing the importance of both self and environmental nurturance. Creating favorable conditions in the environment will allow both the individual and the environment to thrive. Likewise, teaching our students the importance of nurturing not only the environment but also themselves reinforces the importance of sustainable practices in both the social and the environmental context.