Kansas City Community Gardens program brings outdoor learning to metro schools

Posted at 1:19 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 19:19:05-05

LENEXA, Kan. — Pre-Kindergartners at Rosehill Elementary School in Lenexa, Kansas, are digging into more than just their schoolwork. 

Wednesday, with help from Kansas City Community Gardens, students built and installed two new garden beds outside the school. One garden will be for planting vegetables, the other will be for habitat purposes. 

"You know, kids who are very interested can dig and explore with you know, buckets and shovels and magnifying glasses," said Bridgette Fullington, Rosehill Elementary Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.  

"If we can teach young children that eating vegetables is fun and tasty and it will make them healthy, we are creating life-long patterns for those students," said MaryAnna Henggeler, Schoolyard Gardens Coordinator at Kansas City Community Gardens. 

Rosehill Elementary is the 8th school in the Shawnee Mission School District to partner with KCCG Schoolyard Gardens program and just one of more than 200 in the Kansas City metro area.