Garden Friend volunteers work in intergenerational teams of one elder, one younger, and 5-6 elementary students to help children care for their world as they explore, sow, grow, harvest, cook, and eat together at Westview Elementary School.
Garden Friends commit to twelve Thursday mornings from late September to June (around two per month) to work and learn with their teams. On-call volunteers are also sought.
Garden know-how is not necessary (although an asset) - we are looking for adults who care about children and want to be part of offering a rewarding, hands-on learning experience. Training is provided (to be held at the school, 9:00am-12:30pm, September 19, 2019) and volunteers are supported by the Coordinator at each session.
Volunteers are not responsible for the management of students' behaviour - teachers are there for that! Instead, adults and children form a team who are learning and exploring together. The mentoring relationships that Garden Friends develop with students often have a big impact on the children, and are also very rewarding for volunteers.