Thursday, May 28, 2015

American Heart Association and CareFirst Promote Healthy Living at City Springs

By Robert Heck, Resident Artist at City Springs Elementary/Middle School

On Thursday, May 7th City Springs Elementary/Middle School held a special resource day, "Teaching Gardens", sponsored by CareFirst and the American Heart Association. We had a terrific day working with our students, talking about plants, how they grow and the food and nutrition aspects. Students planted approximately 150 vegetable plants including eggplant, peppers, and celery.

The students also participated in story times, made their own paper pots with seeds to take home, and ran on the athletic field as part of a fitness focus organized by Care First.

I had a chance to speak with our partners and highlight the important work we do here every day with our community. Dr. Richetta plans to have our students stay involved, caring for the plants and monitoring growth. Ms. Abby Baldwin, our Child First Community School Coordinator, along with our resource teachers, did a terrific job keeping the students engaged.