This is our 12th year devoting the entire day to greening Kaler School.
We worked in our outdoor areas with Master Gardeners, volunteers from the United Way Day of Caring, and many Kaler families. Our whole school projects included repainting a 4-square area, reconfiguring the walking trail, painting picnic tables, and care for existing gardens. This year we incorporated school goals for our day: to maintain/revise our existing green spaces, to encourage outdoor learning, and to facilitate an appreciation of nature. The research on kids associating with nature is clear: behaviors decrease- green spaces allow for reflective moments and peaceful outcomes. School gardens are hands-on, interactive, kinesthetic, and multi-sensory. We hope that work completed this year will continue to encourage greater use of our outdoor space.
The first grade was assigned these specific areas:
We had a variety of experts that came to Kaler to engage students in various aspects of the environment. The presentations included: