•  2018-2019 Spartan Garden Club

    WHAT: Lagos Elementary School is starting its very own Garden Club! We will focus on horticulture education, making healthy food choices, planting and maintaining the gardens and grounds surrounding our beloved school.

    WHO: There are only 20 spots available. All students in Grades 2-5 are invited to apply to this fun club. If you are already in Art Club, Choir, or Robotics Club, you will not be considered since we will be meeting on the same day. We want to have as many people participate in afterschool activities, as possible.

    WHEN: The Garden Club will meet on each Monday 3:00 to 4:15 at Lagos Elementary School. Our very first meeting is on October 22nd! Parents are responsible for picking students up in the front of the school by 4:15 PM. If they are YMCA students, they will be released to them. Completed applications are due back to Mrs. Griffin-Hamlin by October 5, 2018!


    For More Information:

    Melanie Griffin-Hamlin





    We meet every Monday from 3:00-4:15 PM. Our goal each week is to learn something new, make observations and try a new food. We are learning so much together!


    Our Spartan Garden Club Curriculum


    We will use a combination of educational curriculum to facilitate learning in our Garden Club. Here is information on them:


    JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER (JMG): The international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension system created & managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects, and rewards them with certification and recognition. Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility, and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills, and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects. For more information:http://jmgkids.us/


    TEXAS SPROUTS: The TX Sprouts programs offers elementary-aged children a chance to experience hands-on garden, nutrition and cooking experience. All curriculum taught is already mapped on current TEKS standards and based on the LA Sprouts curriculum. For more information: http://www.txsprouts.com/


    SLOW FOOD USA: Slow Food USA has developed their Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum. "Good" means enjoying the pleasures of healthy and delicious food, "Clean" is gardening for sustainability, and "Fair" indicates producing food that respects economic and social justice. For more information: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/school-garden-curriculum


    Kids Gardening: Kids Gardening online offers lesson plans, nutrition information and cool recipes like food preservation, growing herbal tea, eating the rainbow, and more. For more information:https://kidsgardening.org/lesson-plans/


    National Education Association (NEA): NEA offers a school garden curriculum through UGA Extension School. The K-5 curriculum has lessons in earth science, life science, physical science, English and language arts, math, and social studies. For more information: http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/61378.htm


    Plans are underway to make this an amazing year of learning and fun! Besides our regular curriculum, we plan to do the following throughout the year:
    • Visit the local Farmer's Market
    • Taste testing of common and uncommon vegetables and fruits
    • Create herbal tea
    • Make our own pickles
    • Guess how many seeds FUNdraiser
    • Decorate vegetable/fruit themed rocks for the ROCK GARDEN
    • Sponsor a Garden Poetry/Essay Contest
    • Host a READING in the GARDEN event
    • Host a School Beautification Day
    • Create an ART in the Garden piece as a gift to the school
    • Plant and maintain the school garden area
    • Garden show
    • Family events