Some may question if Garden Club is really making a difference in students’ test scores. How could 45 minutes in the garden one day a week affect test scores? Due to the large push for higher test scores, WHRI’s Garden Club leaders must demonstrate how each lesson will help students achieve high scores on the TEKS exams (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Here’s one story about how Garden Club is affecting kid’s lives (and test scores!)
Just another normal day in the school garden. It’s Friday afternoon and the kids are crazy. I don’t blame them. The weather is perfect, it’s almost the weekend, and nobody wants to pay attention. Sometimes I wonder… are we really making a difference? Are these kids even listening to me?
At least they had a great time harvesting lettuce and making their own salad dressing today. Now the uneaten leftovers are being fed to the worms in our worm compost. They love feeding those worms.
As we walk to the greenhouse to get our watering cans to water the onions we just planted, one of our third graders takes my hand.
“Guess what?” She asks with a grin on her face. “I got a 100% on my science test!”
“That’s awesome!” I reply. “I’m so proud of you!”
“Yup. And you know what I told them? I said it was all because of Garden Club. Remember when we talked about the worms and how they eat our garbage and all that? Well, we had a test on worms and I knew all the answers because I already learned it all in Garden Club.”
I look at her in awe, so impressed with this little girl who is telling me exactly what I need to hear. Her proud smile and sparkling eyes speak more to me than her words ever could.
Garden Club really does make a difference.