YWCA Grand Island teaches math and science through gardening

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:44 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The YWCA Preschool in Grand Island is teaching kids how to get a green thumb.

Recently, they received a grant from the Redfern Foundation to fund its Playground-to-Table Initiative. It’s where Pre-K three and four-year-olds plant and tend to their own garden in the YWCA playground.

“I think that they’ve had a lot of fun, so they really are enjoying being able to plant and get their hands in the dirt and I think even more so they’re going to really be able to enjoy when they’re able to harvest and eat it,” said YWCA Grand Island Executive Director Amy Bennett.

They’ve already planted tons of fruits and vegetables and when they’re ripe and ready to pick, the YWCA plans to cook simple dishes with them.

“We’ll do some really simple recipes with them,” Bennett said. “They won’t have knives but the kids will be able to eat their food that they’ve grown and really start to appreciate what it means to grow their own food and how much it takes to get from the garden to the kitchen.”

Bennett said this is a way for students to learn math and science. They’ll take measurements and analyze the height and width of the plants.

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