After School Garden Program
This office no longer runs the ownership of the After School Garden Program. Currently, the Bulloch County Parks and Recreation has taken over running this program.
Georgia Southern’s Sustainability Program and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement have partnered with Bulloch County Parks and Recreation, the Bulloch County Board of Education to develop an After School Garden Program at five elementary schools in Bulloch County. Georgia Southern student volunteers teach elementary children lessons in plant biology, agriculture, health and nutrition during a 8-week garden program that takes place during the Parks and Rec Afterschool Program, Our Time. This program was featured in Georgia Magazine’s July 2015 issue.
The garden activities help children to gain a fundamental understanding of plant biology, agriculture, and nutrition, while also engaging them in important and beneficial aspects of gardening. Children learn that our (plant) food doesn’t just come from the grocery store, it actually grows in the ground. The program combines experiential learning, visual aids, and interactive activities that help facilitate an effective, yet enjoyable atmosphere.
Now in its sixth year, the After School Garden Program continues to be a great success. The first six weeks of the program focus on plants and the benefits of gardening, while the last two weeks focus on nutrition and making healthy nutritional choices. Children are part of the process from seed to table. They plant the seeds, nurture the growing plants and even harvest and eat the fruits and vegetables from their school gardens! At the end of the eight week program, children participate in a harvest celebration where they harvest all of the produce from their gardens and share their produce with their families.
Madison Lucas – Graduate Assistant/Teacher
I am the current coordinator for the After School Garden Program, and I am so excited to share with young students why taking care of the environment is very important. I learned at a young age that we should be conscious of how we treat our earth, because the choices we make now will affect future generations. My goal is to share that idea with younger generations so that they can begin being sustainable citizens very early on.
Danielle Henegan – Teacher
My name is Danielle and I am a third year student at Georgia Southern University. I study exercise science, and I hope to one day become a physical therapist. I have always loved being outside. I would spend hours out in the sun, relaxing in the grass, and running through the creeks. In middle school I joined a garden club, it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. We learned about the plant cycle, seed germination, types of soil, composting, and lots more. We would take field trips to local public or private gardens and eat the produce straight off the plant, while learning why being sustainable is important to the community. I knew right away that I would give back to the community through the Garden Program, the same way it was introduced to me.
Maggie Edwards – Teacher
Hello! My name is Maggie Edwards and I am currently an Elementary/Special Education Dual Certification major and I felt that this program would be very beneficial to me. I love getting involved with different programs where I can interact with children and be able to help them learn something new. I think that this program is an opportunity for me to learn and grow as a future educator as well as a person.
Zach Donahue – Community Liaison/Teacher
As a Community Liaison for the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, I am tasked with educating youth on the importance of gardening in our lives. The focus is to help provide a better understanding of what it means and what it takes to be sustainable in the community. I wanted to be involved with this program because I am very passionate about sustainability. I am constantly in pursuit of improving the way we live and the lives of others. I aim to have a positive impact on the future generation, and this program has granted me the opportunity to assume that role in the community.
Last updated: 10/13/2021