Washington, DC has an increasing number of schools that are using gardens to educate students. Generally, these schools all have incredibly beautiful and impressive plots of vegetables and other greenery that are planted and cared for by kids. And, a great way to see some of the best examples of these gardens is to take a tour by bike!
Working with primary event organizers, Sam Ullery (DC School Garden Coordinator), Ibti Vincent, Kealy Rudersdorf, and Ariel Trahan, BicycleSPACE was able to attract a large crowd to take part in a bicycle ride to visit a select group of school gardens. At each school, we were greeted by a guide to show off and describe what was there.
It was striking to learn what an impact these gardens can have on learning and how much the students benefited from having these resources and programs at their schools. Important subjects such as science, math, and nutrition are all touched on. And, the hands-on education is a fantastic way for kids to have fun and have what they learn make a lasting impression.
Many thanks to the above-mentioned event organizers as well as our guides at each school: Whit McClure, Patrick DiSalvo of Kid Power Inc., Kari Rowe, and Jacqueline Emanuel.