At the end of the year, many of our Swifties had the opportunity to plant beans, watermelon, cucumbers, and more in the gardens. Thanks to recent rains and our Garden Gnome families the garden is thriving! (Someone even commented to me yesterday at how good they looked.)
Team Swift Creek was well represented at the Interfaith Food Shuttle's Garden Gallop 5k this morning! The Interfaith Food shuttle was delighted with our turn out and said the Swift Creek was "kale-ing"' it as usual.
We were the only school with a sign too, so we got lots of good questions about our school garden. The other runners were so happy to meet some of the students and families they were helping by participating in this race.
Thank you to everyone who came out in the freezing cold for an 8am run/walk!
Yesterday was an exciting day at the Creek. We got to celebrate two of our great programs: class buddies and our school garden. Once a month, 2nd and 5th grade pair up. Each 5th grader has a 2nd grade buddy. During these 30 minute lessons, the 5th grader helps guide the 2nd grader through a problem or listens to the 2nd grader read. It is so fun to watch the older kids mentor our younger Swifties.
Yesterday, our buddy pairs worked on planting our fall garden. The students were assigned one of these three lessons:
On Friday,we celebrated our families who took care of our new school garden over the summer. Affectionately called the Garden Gnomes, these families watered, weeded, and took care of our plants so that the students had something to come back to in August.
Thank you so much to these families:
* The Jennings Monk families
* The Outlaw Family
* The Lewis Family
* The Killion Family
* The Miller Family
* The Dexter Family
* The Hinton Family
* The Berry Family
* The Bass Family
* The Fernandez Family
The garden loved all of the rain last week. According to the rain gauge, we got 3.5 inches!
We have lots of tomatoes on the vine, some eggplants, mini watermelons, and squash. Thanks to all our Garden Gnome families who are keeping the garden growing this summer!
The tomato plants are bursting. The eggplants are growing, and the 2nd second grade sweet potato plants are thriving. And to top it all off, our Swift Creek garden made the July edition of the NC PTA newsletter!
Wow! Leave a garden for a couple of weeks and watch it explode!
This summer, we have a dedicated group of Swifty families who are committed to helping our garden continue growing and be ready for when students return in the Fall! Last week, the Jennings Monk family kindly removed the lettuce which had bolted and planted squash, zucchini, sweet peas, and more! Thankfully, the deer are staying away and eating poor Mrs. Sedaghat's sweet potato plants instead. Below are some pictures from the garden that I took today!
Also, the folks at Energy Catchers (which is owned by one of our very own Swifty Creek families) have been helping us put the greenhouse together! We're almost there.
And the Swift Creek garden committee has been meeting with Interfaith Food Shuttle (those guys are awesome) to talk about how we can incorporate the garden more into the classroom in the Fall.
Exciting times for us all! Stay tuned!
Watch our garden and our children grow! This blog will record some of the major events in our school garden. For information from the classrooms, join our SeeSaw app. Contact