A Tree Grows in Staten Island
Actually, it’s five gardens and five Staten Island public schools with grants totaling $11,000.
All the schools will use the gardens to teach children about health and nutrition. But to me, the most important thing is that growing a garden changes a person’s relationship to the world. For most of us, everything we eat and everything we wear is something that we’ve purchased. Very few of us do much of anything to build or maintain our homes. When it comes to the basics of food, shelter and clothing, we are consumers.
Gardening is a way to make, to some very small degree, a 100% consumer into a producer of something basic to all life—food. Good for the schools and the philanthropic organizations who supported the project.
Jared Gellert is the Executive Director of CITE.
CITE is the Center for Integrated Training and Education . For over 25 years, CITE has and continues to train TEACHERS (Early Childhood, Literacy, Special Ed, Grad Courses, DASA); COUNSELORS (School, Mental Health Masters, Advanced Certificate); and ADMINISTRATORS (SBL, SDL, Public Admin, Online PhD) in all five boroughs of NYC, Yonkers, and Long Island.
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