The Making and Loving of a School Garden - by Ibti Vincent & Elizabeth Godec
Did you hear the big news? John Tyler Elementary just won the Best DC School Garden award for 2015!!
We could not have done it without the ongoing help of students, teachers, staff, and parents at the school, so many of whom have helped to build and maintain the FoodPrints garden since we started it in April 2014. And a special thanks to 10-year-old Elizabeth Godec, who wrote the award-winning essay. With a small cheering section of peers and teachers, she read the essay during the awards ceremony while officials from OSSE, the Farm to School Network, and DC's City Council looked on and then presented her with a golden shovel. Actually, let me stop blathering on here -- Elizabeth's essay says all that needs saying:
The Making and the Loving of the Tyler Garden
By Elizabeth Godec, 5th grade
The Tyler garden is unique and special because it has so many kids and adults who love it. The person who loves it most is Ibti Vincent, and her friends with FoodPrints.
Ibti is the leader of the Tyler garden because she is always making sure it is watered, and well cared for so the plants are healthy and strong. I know lots of kids love the garden too. I’ve seen lots of kids going to the garden to eat mint during their recess time, and sometimes they end up staying in the garden for the rest of their recess.
It may surprise you, but I love pesto. Most kids think they don’t like pesto. My class got to make pesto with basil we grew in the garden. I was happy because it was my first time making pesto even though my mom makes it all the time. I was happy I got a chance to make it on my own.
There was another fun time when our school was selling milkweed plants, and other plants. While the sale was going on, my friends and I got to help put ladybugs in the garden so ladybugs can help take care of our garden.
A garden doesn't just happen on its own. It takes people to make a garden, and a lot of people have helped make the Tyler garden special.
I am honored for the shout-out in the essay, and just as honored to be able to continue teaching FoodPrints classes at Tyler. Here's to another year of excitement and joy in the garden.