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October 15, 2013 > Teaching Garden offers hands-on learning and heart healthy habits

Teaching Garden offers hands-on learning and heart healthy habits

Submitted By Miesha Hardy

Milpitas High School students can look forward to developing a green thumb this school year. On October 8 faculty, staff and community members gathered for a Plant Day dedication ceremony at the schoolÕs Calera Creek Garden, an American Heart Association (AHA) Teaching Garden sponsored by SanDisk Corporation as part of an education initiative to help promote healthy bodies and minds.

During the ceremony Gordon Sanford, teacher and coordinator of the Teaching Garden expressed excitement about the program that will give hundreds of science, culinary arts and special education students an opportunity to experience a hands-on laboratory where they can learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants and harvest their own produce.

ÒItÕs great to teach life science in the classroom and be able to bring it to life,Ó said Sanford. ÒMany students are asking more questions because they can connect what theyÕre learning in the classroom to what theyÕre planting in the teaching garden.Ó

Students have committed to following an aggressive planting schedule that will include a variety of vegetables like broccoli, carrots and spinach, to name a few. They are looking forward to tasting the fruits of their labor. Their first harvest is expected in early December.

Wen Wen Li, an AHA volunteer and nursing professor at San Francisco State University, presented a special Teaching Garden plaque to display, honoring the schoolÕs commitment to health.

ÒThe Teaching Garden is truly a wonderful way to get kids thinking about what they eat and developing good eating habits,Ó stated Li. ÒThey can share their knowledge with their family and friends and overall positively impact their cardiovascular health.Ó

For more information about the Teaching Gardens program and how you can participate visit http://heart.org/teachinggardens.

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