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Last Day of School for 2011-2012 school yearThe Big DayMay 30th, 2012The big day is here.
Be sure to join us October 3 for the fall event “Walk to School/Clean Up Day”. Those of us who live a little too far to walk to school everyday, will all park and meet at Sperry Van Ness Parking Lot, which is 1926 India Hook Rd. We will then meet as a group at 7:10 am, put on some gloves and get our trash bags so that we can pick up trash and clean up along the sidewalk as we walk to Ebinport at 7:20 am. Parents should accompany their children for the walk.
This is fun and healthy for all!
Questions: Kelly Scott 803-517-4627
The 2012-13 school year has begun. There are a few new faces and a new Kindergarten Class that is Spanish Immersion. We have a new Art teacher, Mrs. McPeek, a new Chinese teacher, Mr. Ning, and a new Spanish teacher, Senora Kiker!
Hope your school year has gotten off to a great start!
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/05/05/3949938/garden-fresh-goes-over-well-at.html
Garden fresh goes over well at Ebinport Elementary
By Shawn Cetrone
Posted: 12:00am on May 5, 2012; Modified: 7:02am on May 5, 2012
Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/05/05/3949938/garden-fresh-goes-over-well-at.html#storylink=cpy
Parents Mark and Kelly Sebastian serve lettuce and radishes from the school garden to students during lunch. Students at Ebinport Elementary in Rock Hill are starting to reap the benefits of a school garden. They had salad for lunch Wednesday from the school garden. ANDY BURRISS — firstname.lastname@example.orgBuy Photo
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- More information Parent volunteers who built Ebinport Elementary’s gardens want to expand the project and are looking for help and donations. Here’s a list of what they need: Timed irrigation systems Concrete service to make stepping stones for children to decorate Wooden or metal picnic benches Wooden lattice sections for vertical gardening Lumber to build raised garden beds Well composted, high quality garden soil Rain barrels Easy turn compost bins Weather measuring instruments, such as wind gauges, rain and frost meters and thermometers Metal plant markers Bird baths Bee houses Plant seeds For details or to make a donation, contact Ebinport Elementary Principal Shane Goodwin at: 803-981-1550; or email@example.com
Chris, an Ebinport Elementary fourth-grader, took a deep breath as he prepared to taste lettuce and radishes for the first time.
First a small bite. Then another. And another. Then a thumbs-up.
“It’s really awesome,” he said.
Why did the 10-year-old, who saw leafy greens as gross, bother to sample salad in the first place?
Because, Chris said, he and classmates raised the veggies from seeds.
“I wanted to try it,” he said.
That’s the hook Principal Shane Goodwin and a group of parent volunteers at the Rock Hill school are banking on with Ebinport Gardens.
What started as an idea for a patch of plants where science lessons could bloom, has blossomed into a school-wide learning laboratory with potential to turn children toward fresher, healthier eating.
As calls sound for schools to dramatically improve the quality of food served in cafeterias across the country, officials worry a sharp turn to healthy, but unfamiliar fare will cause students to toss meals in the trash rather than eat.
But if Ebinport’s first Harvest Day was an indication, those officials might be wrong.
Several hundred students lined up during lunch on April 25 – all by choice – to taste the garden’s first bounty. Parent volunteers Mark and Kelly Sebastian served mounds of bright green lettuce with sliced radishes, a splash of dressing and a sprinkle of croutons or sesame seeds.
The side salads accompanied meals students brought from home or bought in the lunch line.
By the end of each meal shift, dozens of salad plates lay picked clean beside trays of half-eaten, processed chicken sandwiches and beef nuggets.
“School lunch is good as long as you eat a salad like this with it,” second-grader Noah Lee said.
The Sebastians were astounded by the winding line of little locavores.
“I really didn’t expect this many kids to be interested,” Mark Sebastian said. “I’m surprised by how many are trying the radishes.”
“It’s fantastic,” Kelly Sebastian said. “I’m so encouraged.”
‘Down and dirty’
Ebinport’s efforts are bearing fruit as U.S. leaders, health experts and parents urge educators to play a larger role in encouraging children to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Officials want schools to do away with the processed, fast-food fare dominating menus across York County and the rest of the country.
New federal rules, taking effect this year, require schools to double the amount of fruits and vegetables served, increase whole grains, serve only low-fat or fat-free milk and limit trans fats. By 2022, schools must cut the amount of sodium served in half.
A poll released this month by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project shows most Americans favor improving food sold in school.
Eighty percent support a national nutritional standard for competitive foods like snacks and drinks sold “a la carte.”
Health advocates say school gardens are crucial to inspiring children to embrace fresher fare.
Ebinport’s garden sprouted last fall with fourth-grade teachers who wanted a place for hands-on lessons.
In October, the Sebastians and Kelly Scott, parents who sit on the school’s improvement council, ran with the idea.
With Principal Goodwin’s support, they laid a foundation, built raised beds and started planting. Goodwin got help and donations from local businesses and nonprofits.
Their passion spread around campus. Other parents and grandparents built benches and bought seeds. Members of a local garden club help tend the plots.
A once drab, grass patch surrounded by air-conditioner units is now a courtyard oasis where students tend more than 30 types of plants.
Everything is grown organically, without pesticides or chemicals.
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