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This school year students have supervised gardening after school until 4:15pm on Mondays and Thursdays. During this time students have an outdoor activity during which they perform most of the garden maintenance tasks: preparing soil for  planting, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Students are also provided instruction on: principles of organic gardening, composting, correct use of garden tools, when and how to plant seeds, insects and animals in the garden, edible parts of plants, and preparing fruits and vegetables to eat.

In the past two school years, the garden activities were available to the students in CCS Extended Day Care (EDC), an after-school child care program for CCS students whose parents could not pick them up immediately after school. This year to make the garden experience available to all CCS students we created the Garden Club as a separate school-sanctioned after-school program. Parent permission is required for a student to belong to the Garden Club and participate in after-school garden activities. 

To enroll your child in the Garden Club, click the link to the Parent Permission form (see at right), print the form, fill in the required information, sign it and have your child return it to the CCS office or directly to Mr. Sandy. Students can be enrolled in Garden Club for one or two days a week. There is no charge for Garden Club membership.

The EDC snack will not be served to students in the Garden Club. Garden Club students please bring snacks that you can eat after signing in to Garden Club on Monday and Thursday .

The Invitation to join the Garden Club is shown below for your convenience.

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Invitation to Join the Garden Club

The CCS Student Garden has been expanded and improved over the last two school years by the addition of seven raised garden beds, a pumpkin patch, an artichoke bed and beds of beneficial flowering plants. There are now six water faucets in the garden to make watering easier and a compost bin where we make our own fertilizer. Look in the garden – you will see strawberries, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, beans, carrots, eggplant, kale and several kinds of herbs. In June and July summer school students harvested 50 pounds of produce per week from the garden.

Now that the garden is larger, more CCS students are needed to maintain it. In order to ensure that we have enough students to do the garden work, this school year we will have a Garden Club that will meet in the garden after school on Mondays and Thursdays until 4:15 pm beginning Monday, September 16. Club members can commit to coming on one or both days. 

When:

after school until 4:15 on Mondays and Thursdays –however you can schedule to come on only one day a week.

Where: CCS Student Garden near the back patio.

Fun activities:

planting seeds and seedlings, watering, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting produce, eating, composting

Learn:

  • what plants need - soil, nutrients, water, carbon dioxide in air, sunlight, temperatures of soil and air
  • how plants reproduce, insects and animals in the garden – beneficials and pests
  • how to grow your own food - choosing the best crops for each season, preparing the soil, planting seeds or seedlings, managing insect and animal pests
  • what Bible stories say about gardening
  • what part of a plant is edible and how is it prepared as food.
  • making fertilizer from garden waste – composting
  • how to use garden tools such as shovels, rakes and instruments such as soil moisture meter and compost temperature gauge.

Make a difference:

Support teachers’ garden lessons; attract attention to Cornerstone Christian Schools; and share our surplus produce with others in need.

What next if you might be interested:

·         See what’s been happening on the garden website at http://ccs-garden.org

·         Talk with Mr.Sandy and write your name on the Garden Club Interest list.

·         Discuss Garden Club with your parents. Complete a Parent Permission form with your parents. Return form to Mr Sandy.

Snack Note:

Students who are checked into a Garden Club meeting will not be allowed to leave Garden Club until checking into EDC at 4:15pm or until picked up by a parent. As a result, students who normally receive EDC snacks at 3:40pm will not on Garden Club days. Each student should bring his/her own after-school snack to Garden Club.