UNION, NJ – The unveiling of the Project Learning Garden at Battle Hill Elementary School took place on Thursday with third grade classes outside in the school’s garden.
Union Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Annie Moses, joined Dole Packaged Foods and ShopRite to mark the donation of a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden at Battle Hill.
“This garden is a great way for us to get out of the classroom and get experience with real world things,” said Battle Hill Principal Mark Hoyt. “It’s a way for our teachers to help us learn how to eat healthy and work with our environment and grow all this cool stuff.”
The Project Learning Garden program allows children to learn different disciplines covering nutrition, science, social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods and learning about food origins.
Students also get to engage in science field investigations in the garden and manipulate the environment to understand math in real-life applications. They can even recreate historical activities and write about their experiences through the learning garden program.
The garden was originally funded in 2013 by the Township of Union Education Foundation.
Also at the unveiling were Township of Union Committeeman Joseph Florio, Anita Laverty, Battle Hill PTA President, Perry Blatt, Director of Village Super Markets, ShopRite of Union, Marty Ordman, Communications Director, Dole Packaged Foods and Leesa Carter, Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation.