CBCS is growing!
As you may know, the school district is accepting public comment on the expansion plans for CBCS.
We need your support RIGHT AWAY to let the Superintendent know that preserving the school garden is important to you. We are not opposed to expanding the school building, but we want to be sure that a generous space for a school garden is included in any new plans.
YOUR EASY, ONE-STEP ACTION
Copy and paste the info below and email to email@example.com:
“I believe the school garden is an essential part of the CBCS infrastructure. Please include a generous space for the garden in any future designs or plans as the building expands.”
Mountain Roots will add your name to our petition. We will take this list to the school board meeting on Feb 11 at the Lake School in Gunnison to speak on behalf of the community’s support of the school garden.
PLEASE ACT NOW. THIS WILL TAKE YOU LESS THAN 1 MINUTE.
Teachers say this hands-on learning has significant positive impacts on how much students learn, how much they retain the knowledge, and how engaged and involved they are during school.
They say using the garden as a classroom not only provides a constructive, engaging and nurturing learning environment but also develops healthy brains and healthy kids!
We need you to speak up if:
you agree that a school garden is essential infrastructure, an important learning space, for our CBCS students
you want to see a continual increase of student-grown organic produce provided to the cafeteria for school meals
you know that hands-on experiences in the garden provides a deeper, stronger relationship to the natural world and a personal connection with science that just can’t be learned from a book
you want to see a school garden included on any future site plans
— Mountain Roots has worked for seven years to create a vibrant, outdoor, living classroom space — your school garden.
— We’ve developed curriculum for grades K-5 and we support CBCS classroom teachers in teaching core science standards for each grade with hands-on lessons that use the garden as a classroom and as a model for ecosystems and the environment.
— We teach 180+ hours of classroom-based lessons every year (about 9 hours per student) in grades K-5.
— The garden provides student-grown organic produce for the school cafeteria. High School biology classes harvest the food in the fall as part of their Biology class.
— Pre-consumer food waste is composted in the school garden compost system.
— Our Garden Club runs for six weeks every fall and the kids run an after school farm stand, where they practice small business skills
The superintendent is also accepting direct comments through February 1st, so if you are inclined to write a personal letter with more thoughts and comments, you may send your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know the garden is an important part of your student’s learning. Let’s work together to insure it will continue to provide healthy food and education to the children of Crested Butte.
Holly Conn, Executive Director
Sasha Legere, Farm to School Coordinator
the Mountain Roots board and staff
… and all the kids at CBCS