Thursday, April 23, 2015

Updates School Garden!

We want to update you on the happenings at our school garden!

Remember the tomatoes kids transplanted back in March? Well, we staked them yesterday because they are getting big!

Staked tomatoes

 Also our arbor was finished!! We want to thank Mr. Raymond for his wonderful work! As you can see in the pictures below our pumpkin and cantaloupe plants are growing fast.  They look healthy and absolutely beautiful!

Beautiful Arbor! 

A couple of weeks ago Kindergarteners planted radishes around the pumpkins and the cantaloupes to keep bad bugs away! Have you heard of companion planting? It's a really great method used in organic gardening. 
Kindergarteners watering radishes after planting  

This week our HEAL students thinned the radishes to make sure they grow healthy and strong! 

One of our HEAL student thinning the radishes 

We have also started to work in our butterfly garden. Flowers are blooming! 

We will keep you posted with more updates soon.

In the meantime we always welcome volunteers to help us carry out this work. If you know anyone interested send them our way! Click here for more information. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HEAL students teach kindergarteners how to keep their organs healthy!

This school year we taught HEAL students not only to eat well, but how their bodies (and organs) are affected by what they eat and do!

In order to teach this in an effective, interactive way, we helped each student to create a life size model of their bodies (The kids loved it and were really engaged with this activity!) 

Over a series of classes the students learned about the major organs : heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, brain, liver! Did you know ?  The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute and 100,000 times a day! That's a lot of beating! 

One of the models is currently displayed in the school cafeteria for everyone to see and learn!
Also, our older HEAL students participated in the fun by giving presentations on organs to the kindergarteners.

Each one of the HEAL students had the opportunity to present on a particular organ's functions and threats. Following the presentation, HEAL students asked questions to the kindergarteners who were happy to participate!

This was a great interactive activity and the first time our HEAL students presented health topics in their school. Developing leadership skills and helping children gain the confidence to develop their own voice is one of Sankofa’s goals with the HEAL program! We will definitely hold more health presentations in the near future!

Fun Facts about Organs
·      Every day, kidneys filter the body’s total blood supply about 12 times per hour.
·      The small intestine is actually much longer than the large intestine.
·      By the age of eighteen your brain stops growing
·      The average adult heart beats 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.