Bentley recently started a parent-run Facebook page called the Bentley Farm Project. The time parents and students have already spent tending to their new school garden has strengthened their community. More importantly, urban kids are learning about life cycles, ecosystems and healthy eating habits from teachers who use the garden as outdoor classroom space. This is a great example of how parental involvement in a school directly affects student achievement.
Contribute to the success of the district turnaround by contacting your school parent group and asking what you can do to help. And then contact me. I have a fundraising packet here I can’t wait to distribute.
Leanne Schild has two children in the Salem schools.