Pinecrest Elementary School students in Collier awarded grant

Pinecrest Elementary School teachers Kasandra Gallegos and Katherine Sapp recently received a mentor grant from the Education Foundation of Collier County.

The grant, funded by Citigroup, allows first-graders in Gallegos' class to have an agricultural learning experience that integrates technology, health, science, and literacy.

With the grant, Gallegos will help students understand the importance of agriculture. They’ll have a compost machine to work with and the students will learn about campus gardening, farming, and farm communities.

Tom Pipher - a Florida bilingual author of children's books - will visit Gallegos' class and read his book, "Tomato Picking Day." Each student will receive a copy of the book and then take part in journal writing and drawing. They’ll tell about their experiences and write a letter to Pipher.

Sapp will assist with the literacy phase of the mentor grant.

"The entire school will benefit from the unique ideas (composting & gardening) brought to our campus on health, science, technology, and literacy,” Sapp said.

To learn more, contact Gallegos or Sapp at 377-8000.

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