Loop It Up
Seven schools across the county are getting a healthy dose of gardening and STEAM this year, thanks to the new Farm to School program -- a partnership between Loop It Up, Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA) and Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
Loop It Up is so excited to be part of this Farm to School initiative to build a sustainable school gardening and STEAM program. We are responsible for the STEAM programming related to the garden and use standards-based projects linked to science, art, math and ELA to support student creativity and academic success through cross-curricular learning. So far this fall we have engaged more than 900 Pre-K and elementary students in more than 50 sessions!
Projects within the program so far include:
Loop It Up is thrilled to have Jessica Chaplin-Wynn join the team as the new Farm to School program coordinator! Jessica is from Savannah and graduated from AE Beach High School. She holds a bachelor’s in biology from Savannah State University and a master’s in teaching from Armstrong State University. She says teaching is her passion because it is how we fuel tomorrow’s future!
The Farm to School program is currently underway at seven schools: Brock Elementary, Gould Elementary, Hodge Elementary, Butler Elementary, Heard Elementary, Ellis Montessori Academy and Windsor Forest Elementary; and is funded by a US Department of Agriculture grant received by the SCCPSS School Nutrition Department.