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Welcome to Loma Vista's Learning Garden!
The Loma Vista Garden is a wonderful place to provide hands-on learning experiences. Loma Vista's Learning Garden is a living classroom run entirely by PTO volunteers to educate our Kindergarten through fifth grade students each year about organic gardening. This garden is located on the campus of Loma Vista Elementary School and is being established through the generous support of local donors, Loma Vista's teachers, the YMCA, Eagle Scouts, our next-door neighbor - Trinity United Presbyterian Church, the Tustin Unified School District, and of course Loma Vista students and families. The fenced garden is accessible to anyone on the school campus and it includes raised beds, grade-level specialty gardens, fruit trees, a class gathering area, a Farmer’s Market counter, a garden supply shed, compost bins, and an in-ground irrigation system.
Classroom Garden Visits The teachers will bring their classroom to the garden with a curriculum that reflects State learning standards for each grade, weaving special activities into each visit. The students have the opportunity to be involved in every step of the process from weeding, planting, maintaining, harvesting, cleaning, eating, and composting.
Benefits of Loma Vista's Learning Garden
All Loma Vista 1st- 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in the 100 Mile Club in 2016/17!
A few classes tested the program last year. It was a huge success, so this year it is being rolled out to all 1st - 5th grade classes.
What is the 100 Mile Club?
The 100 Mile Club is a program aimed at engaging and empowering kids and families to achieve a healthy lifestyle through physical activity nationwide; preventing childhood inactivity and obesity, one child, one school, and one community at a time. The 100 Mile Club presents students with a straightforward challenge: run, jog, or walk 100 miles over the course of the school year. Teachers help students log their miles. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join in!
How Will It Work at Loma Vista?
Our goal for Loma Vista is to give our students the opportunity to earn 10 laps per week. (Four laps around our field represents a distance of 1 mile). In just 10 minutes per day, students should be able to run or walk at least 2 laps around our field. Some will be able to go further in that time. Students will do this as a class. Students wishing to achieve their 100 mile goal within the school year will have to run in excess of the 2 basic laps per day. Students may run extra laps during lunch and recess, and during family or fun run events organized by Loma Vista volunteers throughout the year.
1st - 3rd Grade
1st to 3rd grade students will participate in a 100 Mile Club Certificate Program. At the end of the year, each student will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment. This program is free.
4th - 5th Grade
4th and 5th grade students will join the 100 Mile Club Gold Medal Program. This program costs $10 per student and each student receives a 100 Mile Club t-shirt (once they achieve 25 miles) along with prizes when students complete 50 and 75 miles, and a beautiful medal at 100 miles. Registration forms for the Gold Medal Program have been sent home with 4th and 5th grade students - please ask your teacher if you didn't find one in your student's backpack.
There are a few rules:
All miles must be earned within the club setting. This means that the only miles that count are those earned at school (with the class or at lunch or recess) and logged by a teacher, or at fun runs or family runs organized by Loma Vista volunteers. Walking to school or jogging on the weekend do not count for the 100 Mile Club. The only exception is that miles can be earned at recognized community races like Dino Dash or Leprechaun Leap where proof of participation is given.
For more information, visit www.100mileclub.com
Or ask your student's teacher, or Kelly Lowe.