With the help of the Homegrown Organic Food Inc., and thanks to our wonderful PTA, the students at William E. DeLuca Jr. Elementary School have had the opportunity to design, build, and develop a Four Season Organic Garden. This program includes but is not limited to outdoor planting beds, a greenhouse, outside classroom, and composting facility. The students have been learning how to grow organic food and develop a healthy lifestyle. The Garden has produced food for not only our Foundations For Learning classes and the Summer School Program, but for our local Food Pantry as well!

The Organic Garden Project is part of our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program, as it reinstates the "Cultivating Kindness" theme from the Rees Specht presentation we had. Mr. Specht had taught us that with planting a seed of kindness, a little "rees specht" will help it grow and spread on to others.

Our Garden is also a part of our STEAM initiative; we are learning how to create and manage a self-sustaining ecosystem. Last year the students learned how to make organic soil from compost, and how to harvest seeds from existing crops. This year, they learned how to harness the power of the sun using the Hoop House to create an energy-free Greenhouse! The Hoop House will allow us to grow fruits and vegetables year-round.

This would not have been possible without the funding and continued support from our wonderful PTA, who provide for us our Cultural Arts funding, and even donated the funds to purchase the Greenhouse! We thank you!