Trinity students grow schoolyard edibles

There is a growing movement in the United States to reform the way children think about their school lunch and the students at Trinity School are joining the revolutionary wave of thinking.

Alice Waters and the Chez Panisse Foundation pioneered efforts to incorporate the “Edible Schoolyard” concept into classroom curriculum. The idea is that many subjects can be taught through planning, planting, cultivating, harvesting, preparing and eating food. Life science, biology, math and home economics are subjects that can be easily translated through the “Edible Schoolyard.”

For a third consecutive season Moore Farms and Friends have helped Trinity School maintain its ‘Edible Schoolyard’ garden. Every year there are three plantings: spring, summer and fall. Last fall, the students planted broccoli, Red Russian Kale, Rainbow Swiss Chard plants and sowed carrot and mixed lettuce seeds.

More than 500 students participate in growing and eating the vegetables. Each class takes turns preparing the soil, planting and mulching, as well as watering and weeding the garden. When it came time to harvest the lettuces and greens, the students delivered the produce to the school cafeteria. The whole school ate the vegetables for lunch the next day.

A committee is forming at Trinity to plan for further curriculum involvement for coming seasons, spearheaded by Cissie White, director of environmental education.

Davis Academy promotes 2

The Alfred and Adele Davis has announced two promotions within the school’s administrative leadership.

Jamie Kudlats, previously assistant principal of the middle school, has been appointed middle school principal. Kudlats has been responsible for middle school operations since December. He has been with The Davis Academy for eight years.

Lower school assistant principal Drew Frank has been promoted to the newly created position of director of academics and enrichment. In this position, Frank will oversee the coordination and development of all curriculum, management of the math program, expanded enrichment programs and trip experiences, as well as school-wide technology.