Thurs., May 10, 2012, Campbell, Calif.— Dozens of volunteers from Keller Williams arrived at Rosemary Elementary School, in Campbell, and spent the day creating a school garden where children can learn, hands-on, about nature, life science, nutrition and environmental responsibility. The team also helped to beautify the landscaping at the front of the school.
“Our teachers are excited about the added learning opportunities that the garden will offer,” said Rosemary Principal Edna Laskin. “This is a wonderful gift from the Keller Williams team.”
Laskin described some of the teaching ideas planned for the new outdoor learning space:
Kindergarten: Give hands-on "I am a gardener" experience that incorporates lessons in developing skills in using academic language. Students would plant tomatoes in the spring, beans in the fall, and flowers throughout the year.
1st grade: Plant vegetables for lessons on plants and/or plants that attract butterflies for lessons about butterflies
2nd grade: Support English Language Development (ELD) lessons on healthy choices, plants, and life cycles
3rd grade: Have a life lab and connect lessons to sciences and English Language Development
4th grade: Teach science lessons, such as conducting experiments and charting plant growth, as students grow seasonal flowers and vegetables.
The garden project required some heavy-duty digging and construction to create several raised-bed, irrigated planters, including one that meets current codes in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lighter-duty tasks included loosening soil, weeding, planting flowers and shrubs, and spreading ground cover.
“We are so grateful to Keller Williams for selecting our district for their day of service project,” said Superintendent Eric Andrew. “This is yet another example of the active support our community brings to our students.”
Rosemary School, located at 401 W. Hamilton Ave, Campbell, educates more than 550 students from preschool through grade 4. It is one of 12 exceptional schools in Campbell Union School District, which serves 7,600 children from preschool to eighth grade in the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga.