Schoolyard Roots Celebrates New Downtown Location With Ribbon Cutting and Reception

08 Oct 2019
Schoolyard Roots Celebrates New Downtown Location With Ribbon Cutting and Reception Schoolyard Roots

Schoolyard Roots, the Tuscaloosa-based nonprofit that brings learning to life through school teaching gardens, is celebrating its new downtown location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at noon on Oct. 10. The public is invited. The organization is now headquartered at 2709 8th Street near Capitol Park.

"Schoolyard Roots is thrilled to make the Capitol Park Non-Profit Neighborhood our new home. We are just steps away from the United Way of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa’s One Place, Arts n' Autism, and others," said Schoolyard Roots Executive Director Stephanie Reinhart. "This new location enables us to experiment in our own backyard garden before we introduce new curricula/lessons to our 11 partner schools in the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School districts."

"Our staff is grateful to our Board of Directors, sponsors, donors and our wonderful volunteers for enabling Schoolyard Roots to continue growing gardens and minds in West Alabama for almost 10 years," Reinhart added.

Schoolyard Roots (formerly the Druid City Garden Project) partners with elementary schools in West Alabama to bring learning to life through teaching gardens. The curriculum uses school gardens, farm stands, and educational programs to make Alabama a healthier, more sustainable place, one child at a time. 

Students in grades K-5 experience garden learning in outdoor labs, where they make real-world connections to what they learn in the classroom. The garden is used to teach history, science, math, and language arts. Each year, students participate in planting, exploring, harvesting, and cooking lessons. The Schoolyard Roots curriculum ties directly to Alabama Education standards.  

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