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More kids in Charlottesville will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables this year thanks to the City Schoolyard Garden . Full Story
Cville

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jul 31, 2012
I applaud this initiative. It brings a sense of community to the children who are involved with the process, addresses some areas that are "food deserts" and provides local, nutritious foods.
RNR

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jul 31, 2012
Great idea. Does Walker Upper Elementary get to be involved, or just the lower elementary and Buford?
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jul 31, 2012
More hard hitting, late breaking news from WVIR. I smell a Pulitzer here.

Actually, another wasteful program to derail kids from the "Three Rs."

And what, pray tell, is a "sense of community?" Is that the "no snitch" mentality prevalent in Cville's finest enclaves? How much are schools instilling a "sense of individuality" these days?

Ugh!

R.I.P.: Kenneth Keith Kallenbach
ActionJackson

Bassett, VA

#4 Jul 31, 2012
Have to agree with Liberlace on this one. Unless this program is part of an actual educational program..why are they doing this? This "sense of community" has such a sucky sweet sound to it.."but it makes you feel good"! Bleeych! The kids can't read or write but just look at those marigolds!
Person

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jul 31, 2012
This is a great program that gets kids outside and out from behind textbooks and computer screens. Working in the gardens teaches them things about the world and makes them think outside of the required multiple choice tests the state crams down their throats. We need more of these programs! I'm sorry that you don't understand what a sense of community is. If you'd like to understand, perhaps you should volunteer to help get these gardens started or head over to Buford to see what is happening there. Perhaps you can find a place to feel like you belong.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jul 31, 2012
Person wrote:
This is a great program that gets kids outside and out from behind textbooks and computer screens. Working in the gardens teaches them things about the world and makes them think outside of the required multiple choice tests the state crams down their throats. We need more of these programs! I'm sorry that you don't understand what a sense of community is. If you'd like to understand, perhaps you should volunteer to help get these gardens started or head over to Buford to see what is happening there. Perhaps you can find a place to feel like you belong.
Yeah, we really need to break them of that nasty habit of studying textbooks. The kids are leaving school with such a command of mathematics, language arts, history and composition. Will they actually be learning what a pistil is in these gardening sessions...or just singing Kumbaya to Obama posters?

R.I.P.: Lucretia Mott
Person

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jul 31, 2012
Liberalace wrote:
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Yeah, we really need to break them of that nasty habit of studying textbooks. The kids are leaving school with such a command of mathematics, language arts, history and composition. Will they actually be learning what a pistil is in these gardening sessions...or just singing Kumbaya to Obama posters?
R.I.P.: Lucretia Mott
You're right - this is just a way to get kids away from learning to worship Obama. Again, I'm sure the schools would love to have you come and help with a gardening day. I'd meet you there to help if you want to go. It sounds like you could use a little time of digging in the dirt to relieve some of your stress and frustration.
twinmom

Woolwine, VA

#8 Jul 31, 2012
I'm all for getting kids in the garden. It can be a great learning activity. However, when I read "The City Schoolyard Garden began in 2010 at Buford Middle School and continues to gain support. Recently it received $32,000 from Charlottesville City Schools with an emphasis on elementary school programs, and $32,000 from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. " I have to say to myself, "What in the heck are they planting that takes $64,000+?It sounds like another just another trendy money pit to me.

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