Thursday, September 8, 2011

Grow Dunwoody at Dunwoody High School

Important Information from
Dunwoody High School 


Greetings DHS Parents!

Dunwoody High School will be participating in Grow Dunwoody, a new program designed to enhance the quality of science, wellness, and special needs education that is given to our students. Grow Dunwoody is being driven by the Environmental Coalition, a student-led organization based out of Dunwoody High School. The organization also includes: professors and students at Georgia Perimeter College; the administration, teachers, and faculty at all eight schools within the Dunwoody Cluster; and several other organizations within our community.  

Our goal is to make curriculum more interactive and applicable to real life through the integration of organic gardening and hands-on-educational activities. This year, for example, we will transform our two courtyards into fully functioning organic gardens, including plants native to Georgia and a pond! 

The overall objective of Grow Dunwoody is to reconstruct the way that students are taught, with the objective of: identifying all possible interactive resources, incorporating relevant community organizations into classroom education, and connecting the individual goals of each educational institution within the cluster. Constructing an organic garden will bring each school together with their fellow scholastic partners, also individually connecting them to our community, the Dunwoody Nature Center and Brook Run Park, the National Wildlife Federation, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and Georgia Perimeter College.  

An overall goal is to get parents involved, allowing them to help in their student's education and supporting it in the greatest way possible. Grow Dunwoody will include every science class that is taught within our school and include all levels of instruction, meaning your student will be involved each year. Because this is a program that is being driven entirely by our school and our community, we need your contributions and assistance. Anything that you can contribute -- time, resources or funds -- will be greatly appreciated. We are sending this message out to you, our DHS parents, in hopes that you will relay it to friends, businesses, and neighborhood associations, and partner with us to expand this program to its full potential. 

More than 7,000 students will benefit from this program each year! The initial setup cost equates to less than $7.00 per student and about $1.25 per year for maintenance. We have already received affirmation in a letter of support from the Dunwoody City Manager and a proclamation signed by the Mayor of the City of Dunwoody.  

We invite parents and community members to attend an informative presentation about Grow Dunwoody on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our new auditorium. Please visit our website: GrowDunwoody.com for more information.

Sincerely,

Ellen Augustine
Sponsor of the Environmental Coalition

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