Studies are showing that gardens in schools help students improve test scores through hands-on learning.
Dig In! Over 25% of schools have gardens, which have proven to make a difference in students’ interest in their education. In lower-income areas, these outdoor lessons show greater promise for excelling. Sadly, often these children are not able to spend time outdoors due to high crime.
Healthy Choices. By gardening, the students earn greater respect for fruits and veggies. Additionally, they are getting a form of exercise. The teachers involved in a program called REAL School Gardens report that the students feel a sense of purpose. It is rewarding for them to take care of something and help it grow.
Any program that helps youngsters think out of the box and participate in their own learning is a worthwhile endeavor.