We will begin our shortened session at King Springs Elementary next week! This session will focus on ecology and environmental horticulture. We will be holding a debate about an ecology issue, dying cloth with natural dyes, feeding our feathered friends and much more. We look forward to having your child join us!
Starting in August, Xylem will be working the after school program at two schools. We will still be active at King Springs but we will be bringing our program to Smyrna Elementary. Starting this Fall, we will be teaching King Springs students about soil and watering, and Smyrna Elementary students about seeds and parts of the plants. The curriculum we use consists of 6 enriching topics that will be cycled through both schools so that the young gardeners can learn all of the steps to starting and maintaining a vegetable garden.
The dates for the King Springs program are as follows:
August 15, 22
September 5, 12, 19
October 3, 10, 24, 31
We will have our Celebratory Feast on November 14. Parents are welcomed to this culmination event where their children will discuss what they learned and receive awards.
The dates for Smyrna Elementary have yet to be determined.
We are preparing for our Spring gardening program at King Springs Elementary. There will be two sessions from which to choose and both will be held on Wednesdays after school. We will have a session immediately following dismissal from 2:30-3:30, and a second session from 3:45-4:45. The class will meet on the following dates: February 7, 14,28, March 7, 21,28, April 11, 18,25, May 2. We invite you to join us on May ninth for a celebratory harvest meal to recognize your student's hard work.
This Spring gardeners will study Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, and Herbs. The gardeners will learn how to plan, plant and harvest a spring garden here in Georgia, as well as how to shop for the healthiest products in the grocery store. There will be also be plenty of opportunities to try new and familiar foods that the students grow themselves.
We offer support services to further Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) learning in Smyrna, Georgia schools. We sponsor after-school gardening programs and provide STEM educational training and networking opportunities for teachers.