Preschoolers LOVE to play in the mud. Rather than fight this dirty fact, director Shelley Morrison of the Child Development Center at Feather River College, decided to indulge it. Shelley approached Bread for the Journey for the funds to purchase soil, seeds and a few tools for her budding gardeners. The children worked alongside their teachers to plant and grow flowers from seed. From the garden, they harvested, cleaned and helped prepare their meals. Seeing firsthand how food grows and where it comes from was a powerful teaching tool for the students. The children tend to eat foods they might not otherwise try when you include them in preparing the meal, Shelley tells us. Some of the plants were also sold to raise funds for the center, as well as a few lovely blooms taken home as Mother’s Day presents.
The Child Development Center at Feather River College provides creative, play-based preschool for children aged 2 – 5, ninety-five percent of whom come from low income families. Bread for the Journey is pleased to support the growth of the next generation with this $150 micro-grant.