Students, staff and community members at Jordan Elementary School recently dedicated their new Discovery Trail and Gardens, which includes an eighth of a mile walking trail and a garden filled with herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and other garden beds. The purpose of the trail and garden is to promote physical fitness and provide students with opportunities to increase their nutritional knowledge so that they are encouraged to make healthy food choices.
Funding for the project was provided through a SCOPE grant from the National Association of School Nurses and UnitedHealth Foundation, a HEROES grant from UnitedHealth Foundation and Youth Service America, a Fort Bend Education Foundation grant and the Municipal Utility District Number 25. Jordan’s school nurse Susan Villarreal helped secure funding for the project.
Following the dedication ceremony, school staff and students joined volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, the University of Houston and Austin High School’s National Honor Society for a workday in the garden.
First-grade students at Jordan later celebrated Earth Day by planting lima beans in the garden, with the help of their teacher Sherree Vaughn and nurse Villarreal. In addition to tending to the garden, the students wrote an Earth Day promise stating how they plan to keep our earth clean by recycling paper and picking up litter around their community.