Students at Dupont Middle School are getting their hands dirty this fall as part of Dupont's new after school Garden Club. Since September, a group of passionate and curious students have become caretakers of Dupont's five raised garden beds, and have had the opportunity to harvest and prepare healthy recipes from scratch. So far, students have made crunchy kale chips, rainbow smoothies, scarlet kale salads, and quick pickled vegetables, showing that when kids grow healthy food, they eat healthy food! The club also hosted a rainbow smoothie taste test for the whole school, which received rave reviews.
Moving forward, the Dupont Garden Club is eager to continue their green streak by installing a greenhouse on campus so that they can grow and taste healthy food all year long! This Dupont Greenhouse Project would allow students to grow food during winter months, start seeds for elementary school gardens, and connect gardening to STEM curriculum. It would also play an important role in creating a healthy school culture at Dupont and teaching students to make fresh fruits and vegetables a regular part of their diets. Garden Club students will use greenhouse produce in cafeteria taste tests, and pass it out at an after school farm stand. Pretty cool stuff, huh?
In order make this amazing vision a reality, the Dupont Garden Club needs your help! They're currently raising money through an online fundraising platform, which will be accepting donations until THIS FRIDAY, DEC 15th at 12 PM EST. That means there's only 4 days left to donate to this great cause. Click the button below to donate, and be sure to share the link with friends and family! And if you're unable to donate at this time, stay tuned for more ways to help out. Thank you!
The ChicopeeFRESH team is a group of creative individuals who are working to feed Chicopee students healthy, local and FRESH foods each day.