Outreach: Giving Back to our Community
Tend and Tell
Tend & Tell is a collaboration between Gardens for Charlestown and the Harvard Kent School and involves three classes of level 2 kindergartners (approximately 60 kids). Regina Nunez, Gretchen Fritch and Lily Kang are the teachers of the three classes. The program was developed in response to a nine week earth science curriculum requirement in the Boston school system.
The program endeavors to enhance interest in reading. Every week books are read to the kids which reflect the content of each class. It also aims to expose children to healthy nutrition with foods grown in the garden. And it enables them to explore the elements of earth science reflected in gardening. The idea of community is woven through all of the modules.
Amy Kennedy Slesar and Geoff Phillips McEnany coordinate the program on behalf of the Gardens. GfC member volunteers who help with the field trips include Maribeth Harrington, Jenna Garr Aronson, Joe Caruso, Nancy Schoenbrunner and Greg Perkins.
Kennedy Family Center Garden
Several Garden members helped plant an educational garden at the Kennedy Center in Charlestown. It will be used to help teach kids about healthful eating during the Center's many afterschool programs for kids. Volunteers included Gregory Perkins, Regina Capozzi, Nicole Payne, Francine Malo, Nancy Connell, and Amy Slesar Kennedy.
Some of our events are in conjunction with other non-profits in Charlestown. CHAD members have volunteered at our Lobsta in the Garden, and our Halloween Event is a partnership with the Mother's Association.