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Sheridan Hills Elementary Preschoolers Plant Gardens to Learn about Healthy Eating

Preschool students at Sheridan Hills Elementary School are learning all about gardening by actually…gardening!

Joanne Ewart, who teaches preschool at Sheridan Hills, wanted to educate her students about plants and how food is grown.  Ewart and other preschool teachers, and the preschool children, have developed three raised gardens and recently added a butterfly garden.

“We added plants to attract a variety of butterflies,” said Ewart.

Ian Wolinsky, a master gardener, worked with the kids and the teachers to show the students how to maintain plants and harvest their produce.

“We have also had a lot of family involvement through family activity days,” added Ewart. “I want to teach kids where their food comes from.”

Ewart began the effort to build the vegetable garden last year.

“We have a variety of lettuce, mint, rosemary, parsley, tomatoes, carrots, beets, kale, arugula and rosemary. We used starter plants and also seeds,” said Ewart, adding that “We have the best tasting arugula.”

Through their work with the gardens, and working with the University of Florida Broward Extension Family Nutrition program, the students are learning about the importance of nutrition and eating a variety of healthy foods. Representatives of the program come to Sheridan Hills and teach the children about the basics of nutrition.

Ewart has entered the garden project into the Fairchild Challenge, run by Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.


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