Will C. Wood students teach others about environmental stewardship

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Two years ago Soil Born Farms, with help from the California Endowment, partnered with Science Alive at Theodore Judah Elementary School to begin the Growing Together School Garden Initiative. The project has used the best practices of Theodore Judah to pilot five new school garden programs in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Recently the students of Will C. Wood Middle School, the only middle school in Growing Together, traveled to Pacific and Oak Ridge elementary schools where a team of students spent four hours at each site teaching younger kids about seed parts, soil composition, tool safety and planting.

This effort represents one of many successes of the Growing Together program, but most importantly replicates Science Alive’s efforts to develop student leaders with a breadth of knowledge and the ability to teach others.

For Will C. Wood students, this was the first opportunity for the campus HOT garden club to be challenged to be leaders and role models to other students in environmental stewardship and health.

Strong community partners, good program models and letting kids get their hands dirty can provide students with rich experiences of leadership and learning.