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Grow with Grace

Thanks to the generous support of the Belton Educational Foundation, community volunteers, and BSD families, we are able to help our youngest learners Grow with Grace. Our unique approach intertwines growing curriculum with character education, providing a holistic learning experience for our little gardeners. Through hands-on activities and engaging lessons, we are able to instill an understanding of the growing process and essential social and educational values that will continually blossom.

Growing Connections

The Belton Educational Foundation has awarded not only one garden grant, but TWO as of 2023!  The first grant involved installing a pollinator garden to demonstrate connections between the growth process of flowers, fruits, and vegetables and what impact pollinators have on a garden's production.  Students grew plants from seed to install in the garden during the Spring and each classroom observed the growth of Painted Lady butterflies, eventually releasing over 200 butterflies in the garden!

Since this grant was awarded in 2021, Grace students have grown hundreds of flowers and vegetable plants to put in this garden, donate to neighboring school gardens, and to sell at our annual plant sale to fund future inclusive playground equipment.  Students also surprised staff members throughout the district with vases full of flowers from the "Cultivate Kindness" cut flower garden.

COMING IN 2024!

The second grant provided by the Belton Educational Foundation was awarded in December 2023 for a Belton School District Community Garden, housed at Grace Early Childhood.  All students and families will have access to this garden and the contents, providing nutrition, hands-on learning experiences and community connections throughout the year.  Stay tuned for more information regarding family events, volunteer opportunities, and garden installation progress.  We look forward to growing with you in 2024!

 

Helping us grow

Grace Early Childhood would like to give a huge shout out to all of our garden supporters! 

Want to join our team of volunteers?  Contact Laura Linn at llinn@bsd124.org to learn more!

Contact

Laura Linn
ECSE Teacher
816-489-7300

Hours

11:30 AM -12:15 PM 
Monday-Friday

3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Monday-Friday

Upcoming Events

Watering our %22Cultivate Kindness%22 cut flower garden.

Watering our "Cultivate Kindness" cut flower garden.

Harvesting watermelons

Harvesting watermelons 

%22Making it rain%22 with over 400 seed packets donated from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company!

"Making it rain" with over 400 seed packets donated from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company!

Thank you Vego Garden for donating 4 raised garden beds to our Grow with Grace school garden!

Thank you Vego Garden for donating 4 raised garden beds to our Grow with Grace school garden!

Thank you Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for your seed packet donation for our school garden!

Thank you Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for your seed donation!

Taste testing tomatoes and cucamelons from the garden.

Taste testing tomatoes and cucamelons from the garden.

Taste testing tomatoes and cucamelons from the garden.

Taste testing tomatoes and cucamelons from the garden.

One of many giant tomatoes from the summer of 2023!

One of many giant tomatoes from the summer of 2023!

%22An Evening in the Garden%22 2023 family event at Grace Early Childhood.

"An Evening in the Garden" 2023 family event at Grace Early Childhood.

%22An Evening in the Garden%22 2023 family event at Grace Early Childhood.

"An Evening in the Garden" 2023 family event at Grace Early Childhood.

Early planting of onions in our inclusive raised beds.

Early planting of onions in our inclusive raised beds.

Zinnias and burtterflies

Zinnias are the top pollinator attracting flower in our garden!

Painted Lady Butterfly Release

Painted Lady Butterfly Release

Pollinator garden groundbreaking!

Pollinator garden groundbreaking!

Thank you Vego Garden for donating 4 inclusive raised bed to our new Community Garden! 

Thank you Vego Garden for donating 4 inclusive raised bed to our new Community Garden!  

Harvesting peppers at the Mill Creek garden.

Harvesting peppers at the Mill Creek garden.

Gourds

Assorted gourds on the gourd arch

Zinnias from the %22Cultivate Kindness%22 cut flower garden at Grace.

Zinnias from the "Cultivate Kindness" cut flower garden at Grace.

Observing a small tree frog on a zinnia.

Observing a small tree frog on a zinnia.

Building a dried sunflower tunnel.

Building a dried sunflower tunnel.

Monarch butterfly and bumble bee on herbs.

Butterflies and bees have been helpful pollinating our herbs and vegetables!

Sunflower

Fall sunflowers 

Observing a tree frog on a zinnia.

Observing a tree frog on a zinnia.

Tasting school grown watermelon!

Tasting school grown watermelon!

Cultivate Kindness garden

Cultivate Kindness garden

Helping Mill Creek students prepare their fall garden beds.

Helping Mill Creek students prepare their fall garden beds.

Surprising cafeteria staff at BHS with flowers from the garden.

Surprising cafeteria staff at BHS with flowers from the garden.

Sunflower

Fall sunflowers

Surprising Grace Staff with flowers from the garden.

Surprising Grace Staff with flowers from the garden.

Tree Frog

Tree frogs frequently hide in our garden flowers and vegetables.

Watermelon Harvest 2023

Watermelon Harvest 2023

Black Strawberry Tomatoes

Black Strawberry tomatoes waiting to ripen.

Observing caterpillars during our butterfly project.

Observing caterpillars during our butterfly project.

Butterfly release in the garden.

Butterfly release in the garden.

Shade garden

Shade garden flowers

Violas and butterflies

Painted Lady butterfly on violas from a butterfly release.

Sunflowers

Our tallest sunflower reached 15 feet!

Picking out the perfect flower!

Picking out the perfect flower!

Harvesting ornamental corn for Fall Fun Day.

Harvesting ornamental corn for Fall Fun Day.

Picking Summer tomatoes!

Picking Summer tomatoes!

Cultivate Kindness cut flower garden

Cultivate Kindness cut flower garden.

Planting aromatic herbs to draw beneficial pollinators to the garden.

Planting aromatic herbs to draw beneficial pollinators to the garden.

Planting marigolds to protect pepper plants from garden pests

Planting marigolds to protect pepper plants from garden pests.

Gourd observations under the gourd arch.

Gourd observations under the gourd arch.