Watch Us Grow at Sumner Academy
This spring, students from the first, second and seventh grades worked together to plant a variety of vegetables in the school’s new vegetable garden. After their work, several other beds popped up. Now, this summer, the garden has exploded with crook-necked squash, radishes, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, tomatillos, green beans and several varieties of tomatoes.
The garden is the second phase of a campus sustainability initiative under Sustainable Sumner: 2025, the school’s strategic plan. The first stage was to have the entire campus retrofitted with LED lighting. This has allowed the school to save hundreds of dollars each month on its electric bill. Sustainable Sumner: 2025 also supports the school’s plans in programmatic changes such as more STEM learning opportunities as well as financial sustainability.
Thanks to grants from the Memorial Foundation and the Gaffney Insurance Agency, the dream of a school garden was able to become a reality. At full capacity, the garden will be able to handle sixteen beds. For the 2016-2017 school year, grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will have new instruction focusing on the garden. This hands-on STEM learning opportunity will allow our students to learn the science of plant growth. There are many more lessons to be learned about growing food for our own school lunch program as well.