Today I got to hang out in a garden at an elementary school. To be honest, it was a little chaotic with all kids talking at once for me, but it was also really inspiring to see them get so excited over growing their own fruits and vegetables.
The garden at Westport Heights Elementary School has been a work in progress for 16 years. It's taken a lot or hard work, time, dedication and patience to maintain the grounds. Over the years kids have had a chance to learn about their environment, learn how to work as a team, and see their hard work pay off. There is definitely something rewarding in planting a seed and watching it come to life.
During my visit, I had a chance to meet a parent who's son struggles with autism. She was telling me how a year ago he wouldn't have set foot in the garden- how he was afraid of soil and how it felt up against his skin. Today he was one of the kids actively working in the garden. He has overcome his fear.
Westport Heights is one of the schools taking part in LAUSD's "I'm In" Campaign- focused on educating students first hand about where the foods they eat come from and where they're grown.
The Farm to School Field Trip Contest encourages kids to get involved in their community and in turn win a field trip to a local farm and a $200 gift card for school supplies.
For more information go to www.iminlausd.com. Schools have until October 11 to enter.