Welcome to the Cory Elementary School Garden website!
We have a vision. A vision of collaboration. Collaboration in a beautiful space where students and teachers can gather in an extended outdoor classroom to support experiential learning. A place where nature provides opportunities for our children.
Our garden — from the planting of the first seed in the spring, to putting the garden to bed in November — is a labor of love and teamwork between students, teachers, parents, and volunteers.
This outdoor classroom is the perfect environment for our students and teachers to learn about things like:
And so much more!
The garden is a perfect way for students to make a real connection to their environment and explore the endless opportunities available to them via independent food production.
Several programs take advantage of the tremendous opportunities the garden provides:
Cory Elementary is one of only three schools to host chickens as a part of their education program. Each program allows for the school and community members to work together to learn about raising, caring, nurturing and harvesting eggs from chickens. It also provides for students to interact and become key players in the chicken co-op family. Raising chickens fosters community collaborations, creates teachable moments, builds self-esteem and instills responsibilities within all of its members.
What are the benefits of the Chicken Program? There are many incredible benefits of housing a chicken program at Cory – here are a few:
We have volunteer opportunities!!!
If you are interested in volunteering in the garden or with our chicken program you can contact:
Kenneth Watts - Bonnie Plants
-Gifted the garden hundreds of dollars worth the plants for the garden and for our plant sale.
Bill Dowd - County Line Lumber
-Donated hundreds of dollars worth of lumber to the garden for us to be able to build the garden boxes.
Paul Kashman — District 6 Councilman http://kashmannforcouncil6.com/wordpress2/contact/
-His office helped us with our historic permitting for the chicken coop.
Karin Hurwitz — Service Manager Lowes https://www.facebook.com/groups/1584259415140331/permalink/2021910358041899/
-Donated hundreds of dollars worth of paint and supplies to the chicken coop project.