Student gardens help feed the hungry
North Adams students have joined with community partners in a garden mosaic service-learning project designed to reap multiple benefits, including a donation of 232 pounds of produce to the free community lunch program of the Berkshire Food Project.
The project began two growing seasons ago with support from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and from a Learn and Serve America grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Students have designed and constructed gardens at Drury High School, Greylock Elementary School and Brayton Elementary School. In addition, students from the Off-Campus Program, the Drury STEPS Summer Program and the Kidspace Mona Lisa Project have participated. Kim McMann from the "Target: Hunger Initiative" has also taught students and teachers about local issues related to hunger and access to healthy food. Other partners have helped students, learn about, grow, prepare and write about gardens and their crops.
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