The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have been engaged in a garden project that gives them many opportunities for experiential learning. Dr. Tim Reutebuch, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, met with the students to begin the planning of the vegetable garden in March, and it was created in April, as a part of their Earth Day celebrations.
The garden has been incorporated into educational curriculum since then. This project was carefully designed to offer our students hands-on experiences planning, creating and maintaining a vegetable garden while learning about science, math and healthy choices as well as building their self-confidence, responsibility and self-sustaining life skills. Also, the students are now experiencing the taste of their own, fresh vegetables, while enjoying some fun, outdoor time. The freshly grown vegetables are also being shared with the children’s families. This has been such a rewarding project and the students have loved being a part of it. Special thanks to Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director, Dr. Reutebuch, Central Presbyterian Church for providing the space for the garden, and Purdue Extension and Grow Local Lafayette for the garden building & construction as well as curriculum development.
If you would like to invest in this project and our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director (firstname.lastname@example.org | 765-423-2691).
To view more PHOTOS from the garden project, click HERE
Dr. Tim Reutebuch, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, met with the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program to begin the planning of a LUM vegetable garden. The garden will offer many meaningful opportunities to teach the children about science, math and healthy choices while building their self-confidence, responsibility, and self-sustaining life skills. They will also experience the taste of their own, fresh vegetables, while enjoying some fun, outdoor time.
The garden will be created by the LUM After School Program students in late April (Earth Day) and will be maintained and harvested throughout the summer months by the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.
The students enrolled in the LUM After School Program celebrated Earth Day by planting vegetables in the garden at the LUM Youth Center. The LUM vegetable garden is a powerful hands-on learning laboratory for our students. The students learn about gardening, nutrition, communication, responsibility, ecology. science, math, and more.
To see more PHOTOS of the ASP Earth Day event, click HERE.
The LUM After School Program provides a safe and academically enriching environment for 60 children each day after school while their parents are finishing up their workday.
The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program helps to narrow the academic achievement gap experienced by many low-income children by engaging them in fun-learning classes and activities in math, science, social studies and language arts during the summer months when school is in recess. Fifty children will begin the LUM 5th Quarter program beginning June 1. The LUM’ youth programs are directed by the Rev. Cindy Haley.
If you wish to make a donation to the LUM After School Program or the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, click HERE.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the LUM student programs or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Cindy Haley (email@example.com | 765.423.2691).