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Volunteer Appreciation and Milpa Havest Party
November 17, 2016 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Roots Foundation, in partnership with FEAST, is hosting a “thank you” party and milpa corn harvest celebration at Vance Elementary from 4-6pm on November 17, marking a year since launching the ecological schoolyard project at Vance.
2nd grade teacher Nate Buchanan and his students are thrilled with the project: “The thing about the garden is it is enjoyable! I prefer to teach outside & the students really enjoy it as well. It gives them room to spread out and find their own space.”
Kelly Hillier, 3rd grade teacher, says “When we move outside, the students take on an entirely different attitude. A lot of distractions fall away. They own the lessons and focus on the class…our third grade team is excited by all the possibilities that teaching in the garden provides. We are planning on lessons about water.”
The event is a celebration of all the volunteers who have made the outdoor classrooms possible, with a special shout out to Lowe’s, who just prior to school opening put in more than 250 volunteer hours and $5,000 of materials to finish Phase 2 of the garden build-out.
One of the outdoor classroom spaces has been centered around growing Cherokee White Eagle dent corn, which will be cooked by 5th grade students into tortillas and served up at the event as tacos with fillings of squash, sweet potatoes, and greens grown this season in the Vance Peace Garden.
Additional snacks and beverages will be provided by Roots Hummus.
Whether you’ve been a volunteer with the Roots Foundation throughout the year or if you’re just interested in learning how to get involved, we hope you’ll join us on November 17th form 4 to 6pm at Vance Elementary for some Vance-grown tacos and a celebration of the harvest and outdoor learning!