Back to School Grant: Garden Dreams, Adah Fulbright Early Childhood Center


Garden Dreams, a Back to School Grant funded by the Foundation for SPS, is in full swing at Adah Fulbright Early Childhood Center! The project allowed the staff to purchase materials needed to

“The seeds are little and gray. Thank you!”-ZaNyle & Karla

work with families to create a community garden on the schools campus.

“I could watch the plants grow all day long. Thank you, donors!” -Clay

“Families were invited to build the garden beds, build the toolshed, and fill the beds with soil. As a new school, these opportunities allowed us to work closely with families, getting to know our students and their parents better. Students have learned how to read the visuals in direction manuals, what plants need to grow, and how seeds get their start. In the coming months, as our garden begins to produce food, we will be able to taste test the different vegetables, cook with fresh ingredients, and hopefully even send some healthy foods home with students.” said Robyn Hagerman, Wonder Years Teacher.

When asked why it is important for the community to support the Foundation for SPS Hagerman said, “Springfield Public Schools does a fantastic job outfitting teachers with the basic resources we need to teach the early childhood curriculum. However, we rely on the Foundation and its generous donors to provide these over-the-top experiences for our kids. We know that building a toolshed, planting seeds, and harvesting vegetables are the engaging experiences that these five year olds will remember forever. We are so grateful for the support of donors who understand that and who give generously to provide for memory-making projects like this one all across our district.”

To support Back to School Grants, like Garden Dreams, visit our donation page!

“I liked putting the dirt in there. it was soft and gooey. Thank you for helping us!”