Avery ES Wins First Annual ‘Golden Shovel’ Award for School Garden

Avery ES Wins First Annual ‘Golden Shovel’ Award for School Garden

Category : CCSD

Avery ES was selected as the first winner of the Cherokee Farm to School committee’s “Golden Shovel” award for its “Project Learning Garden,” implemented by second-grade teacher Lori Hohl.

Karen Garland, who runs the K-5 Science Discovery Lab at Clark Creek ES STEM Academy, came to present the award on behalf of the Farm to School committee along with Shirley Pahl of the Georgia Farm Bureau. They surprised Ms. Hohl in the media center with her class on Wednesday morning, October 18.

Ms. Garland said Avery ES was selected for its “Project Learning Garden, ” which is spear-headed by Ms. Hohl. “The garden has brought collaboration between grade levels in planning and implementing state standards. Teachers are developing STEAM styles learning environments for students; older and younger grade levels are working together to incorporate across curriculum standards using the garden as a hands-on learning tool,” Ms. Garland noted. “They also include the nutrition staff by having them prepare and serve produce grown in their garden as a vegetable choice. Lastly, their garden is about building relationships with their community.”

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer and School Board member Patsy Jordan attended the surprise announcement, along with Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson, School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer and School Nutrition Coordinator Amanda Fleming. The award included a mounted plaque (complete with golden shovel), a new garden shovel for the school, and a raised garden bed donated by the Georgia Farm Bureau. Second-place winner Little River ES and third-place winner Indian Knoll ES will also receive raised garden beds from the Farm Bureau.