WHAT IS CHICKERING GROWS?
Chickering GROWS is a PTO-sponsored initiative that encourages students to learn about gardening while connecting with the Chickering community. Students develop important life skills like patience and responsibility as they care for a living thing. We offer different grow kits for ALL AGES throughout the school year, in collaboration with the Outdoor Classroom. Students, classrooms and Dover Council on Aging (COA) members connect with one another through an interactive online wall called Padlet, as well as school garden activities and events.
WHAT WILL WE GROW THIS SPRING?
This spring, we will be GROWing strawberries and learning all about pollination! The spring kit will include 10 Everbearing strawberry plants and 1 Bag O'Bloom Grower Bag with handle, along with growing instructions. STAY TUNED: student pre-order for strawberry kits will be the week of Valentine’s Day, 2022! The Outdoor Classroom will be hosting a strawberry planting day with classrooms at the school at the end of March/ early April and home kits will be delivered shortly thereafter. We cannot wait to GROW with you!
WHAT IS THE TULIP PROJECT?
Chickering students are learning all about TULIPS and spring bulbs this school year! In the fall, we planted red tulips, yellow daffodils, blue muscari, white tulips and purple crocus at school! At home, students and our friends at COA planted red apeldoorn and/or colorful darwin hybrid bulbs. We continue to observe the progress of the bulbs' growth on the Outdoor Classroom Padlet and look forward to a carpet of beautiful colors at the school this spring!
WHAT IS THE BIRDHOUSE PROJECT?
Thanks to the Dover Cultural Council & Dover PTO, GROWS Gives Back: The Birdhouse Project provided nesting box kits free of charge to the Chickering community last spring. This fall, third graders painted birdhouses and volunteers posted them throughout the school grounds. Chickering students will observe the nesting cycle this spring! Check out the Birdhouse Project Padlet to post and view photos of nesting boxes, learn about the birds that inhabit them, explore ways to provide supportive habitats for our feathered friends, and help increase the local population of cavity-nesting birds: https://padlet.com/chickering/TheBirdhouseProject
WHAT IS THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM?
The PTO-sponsored Outdoor Classroom provides a range of materials and opportunities to support teachers and educate and inspire students through experimentation and example. The raised beds, perennial gardens and fairy garden are planted, watered and harvested by students, teachers and parent volunteers. The gardens are currently closed for winter and the garden fairies are on vacation. We will be back in full swing in a few months.
CHECK OUT OUR PADLET!
The Outdoor Classroom Padlet is an interactive online wall that students can access at school through Clever as well as at home. Check out the Outdoor Classroom Padlet to post and view photos of Chickering GROWS projects, school garden activities and events: https://padlet.com/community18/OutdoorClassroom
INTERGENERATIONAL GARDEN PROGRAM
Chickering GROWS and the Outdoor Classroom welcomes Dover Council on Aging (COA) members to grow alongside our students. Our shared goal is for students and seniors to experience increased wellness from the therapeutic qualities of gardening as well as create lasting and meaningful connections with one another!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Community Outreach Chair
Outdoor Classroom Volunteers
Chickering GROWS Newsletter