Written by Ashley Dunbar, proud AmeriCorps member serving on the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation team at Winbourne Elementary School.

Thanks to donations from both the Department of Agriculture & Forestry, and the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge, Winbourne Elementary planted it’s first student nurtured garden. 

Last week at Winbourne Elementary, students, along with the help of staff and City Year, planted a vegetable and flower garden outside of the school. Both the vegetables and flowers, some of which include cabbage, collard greens, and peppers, were donated to the school by the Department of Agriculture & Forestry. The garden plots, which were built by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge, will be used as a behavioral incentive for fourth and fifth grade students at the school. Students who are well behaved and without marks on their daily conduct sheets, will be given the opportunity to learn how to garden and take care of the growing plants.

With the help of City Year, staff and the school Gardening Club, students who are well behaved will learn to take care of the plants, which include collards greens and lots of other delicious and healthy vegetables!  

City Year is following in the theme of “growing” with our first year partnership, and diving head first into many of the school’s upcoming events. One event, which will be a monthly focus of the teachers at Winbourne, is the PBIS (Positive Behavior in Schools) incentive themed dress down days. Each month, to encourage positive behavior, the faculty and staff participate in dressing out of their normal work day clothes, and into something fun! City Year shows our appreciation for the faculty and staff at Winbourne each month by participating in the PBIS and making cards for each of the teachers.

City Year participates the PBIS themes by leaving cards in each of the teacher’s mailboxes to show our appreciation. This month’s theme was “A Saintsational Bunch.”

Corps member Maya Curtis designed the bat shaped flyers that will be hung up around the school to spread the word about upcoming Spooky Math and Science night at Winbourne Elementary. 

Last, but certainly not least, of our upcoming “growing projects” is our Spooky Math and Science Night. Corps members have been working hard to prepare for the event, which will be held on October 30th.  Students who attend will be able to participate in several different fun and informative (but Spooky!) booths as they engage in both math and science related activities. We expect the student turn out to be great and City Year can’t wait to turn into City Fear for the spooktacular night! 

Our banner to spread the word about Spooky Math and Science Night, designed by corps members Dallas Khamiss, Maya Curtis, Samantha Franklin, and Senior Team Leader Phillip Spotswood. 

Keep up with Winbourne Elementary to watch these growing projects blossom! 

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