A group of Galvin Middle School students planted twenty vegetable and herb plants back in July as part of Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s Teaching Kids to Grow program, designed to teach children how to cultivate crops and give back to their community.
The students’ hard work has certainly paid off. In the two and a half months since the planting, seven baskets of fresh produce have been delivered to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.
“It has been great fun for the kids to watch the plants they sowed grow into vegetables,” said Janet Rivers, who is a Business Development Manager at Wakefield Co-operative Bank and also the person to spearhead the Teaching Kids to Grow program. “Now that school is in regular session and the tomatoes are still ripe for the picking, the kids have resumed watering the gardens. They have a true sense of accomplishment, and I am sure they are very proud when making the deliveries to the food pantry. Mrs. Fisullo’s class will continue to pick and deliver vegetables to the food panty for the next few weeks as the gardens are full of green tomatoes.”
Rivers has already received a handful of inquiries from other schools hoping to get involved in the initiative, which is exciting, as she hopes to expand the program by next spring. For more information, or to get involved in Teaching Kids to Grow, please contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-245-3890 x264.
Pictured left to right: Rivers; Chris Amyouny, Galvin Middle School student; Maureen Miller, Director of Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry; Andrew Cedrone, School Adjustment Counselor; Joseph Fitzgerald, Galvin Middle School student.