Students Plant More Than Seeds with Oak Hill Elementary

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 5, 2016 – High Point University students teamed up with Food Corps to host a Vegetable Gardening Day for students at Oak Hill Elementary School.

The HPU students are enrolled in the Healthy Living for the Elementary Child service learning course at HPU and dedicated a semester to educating children at Oak Hill Elementary about healthy lifestyles. Every week, HPU students would creatively teach the children how to make healthy choices. The Vegetable Gardening Day was a culmination of all of the course’s concepts.

“I think that the Vegetable Gardening Day was a great way to sum up our time serving and teaching at Oak Hill Elementary,” said HPU student Courtney Hedgecock. “Over the course of this semester, we were able to build relationships, have some laughs and create lessons that progressively became more engaging each week. We learned what the students responded to and as the semester evolved, we were able to incorporate more interesting activities into our health lessons.”

By gardening, the children were taught about the growth cycles of plants and where food comes from, allowing them to engage with their environment.

“I am very thankful to High Point University and Food Corps for providing this hands-on learning experience for our students,” said Weaver Walden, principal at Oak Hill Elementary School. “Our goal at Oak Hill Elementary is to develop the ‘whole child’ through elective experiences with our community partners. The education majors from High Point University did an outstanding job of exposing our students to gardening, planting and service learning. The gardening day culminating activity was a wonderful way for our students to put what they learned into practice.”

“The Oak Hill Elementary day of planting is a great partnership between High Point University, Oak Hill Elementary and Food Corps,” said Rosie Tarara, instructor of health education in the School of Education at HPU. “This event is bringing together everything that these children have learned during the semester, and gardening is a great activity to get children involved in.”

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