2021 Summer School Day Camp course highlights:
This summer, 21 kindergarten to second graders and 19 third through ninth graders enrolled in the 15-day course held from June 8 to July 29 at Silverwood Park. The extended session allowed for students to plan, plant, maintain and harvest their gardens, with the option of continuing to maintain and harvest through the end of the growing season. Students worked with four teachers, two student helpers, a coordinator, various classroom volunteers and numerous individuals who volunteered to talk about their agricultural careers or volunteer work related to sustainable agriculture.
In addition, 12 kindergarten through fifth grade students and six middle school students enrolled in the Garden to Harvest @Silverwood in which students signed up for for the season long course allowing them and a parent or family member to plan, plant, maintain and harvest a ten-by-ten-foot garden space, also at Silverwood Park. Directions and curriculum were shared through Google Classroom, as well as face-to-face meetings with the instructor.
Friends of Silverwood Park received a 2021 North Central Youth Educator Grant for the Silverwood Park/Edgerton School District Sustainable Agriculture Summer School.
As a means to report student outcomes achieved, a collection of pictures and text highlighting events from summer school have been organized here on our website. We have divided the day camp by days one- fifteen and highlighted images from families and students working in the gardens for Garden to Harvest @Silverwood. See Day 1 for objectives and outcomes.
Thank you, supporters of Edgerton School District (ESD) Summer School Programs!
Thank you to Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) for awarding Friends of Silverwood Park the North Central Youth Educator Grant allowing FoSP to hire a summer school coordinator and supporting the sustainable and regenerative agriculture curriculum activities.
Thank you also to the Edgerton Community Foundation for funding the WiFi service, a laptop, and screen, allowing for students to research and present information about sustainable and regenerative agriculture. The Edgerton School District Instructional Technology department provided students with Chromebooks to use during the class.
We appreciate the following businesses/groups, who provided plant starts for the summer school day camp: Country Corner Greenhouse, Edgerton High School FFA/Greenhouse class, Weststar Organics.
Lastly, thank you to Gifts for Kids for funding our kayaking experience, compost bins, tools, and ingredients for our cooking labs.