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Help Build a Garden Classroom at Frias Elementary

The students at Frias Elementary want to raise funds for an Outdoor Garden Classroom!

About this Project [+]

Is There A Short Video That Explains This Project?

Yes! Just click on the video image at the top!

Are there any short videos on outdoor garden classrooms that have been built at other Las Vegas schools?

You bet! Check out this one:

And check out photos of a recent garden installed at Wallin Elementary in Henderson:




What Kinds Of Crops Can Be Grown In The Garden?

Corn, carrots, melons, squash, strawberries, kale, lettuce, beans, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and many others.


Problem that we are solving

Why Create A School Garden At Charles & Phyllis Elementary?

Because school gardens are an excellent means of teaching students important aspects of science, biology, horticulture, nutrition, teamwork and the origin of foods. School gardens, integrated into the curricula, have also been shown to significantly raise test scores in science, math, and other subjects.

In addition, there is an obesity epidemic in the United States that is increasingly affecting children. According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.

One way of counteracting this epidemic is to teach children about nutrition—which can only begin with an understanding of how food is grown.

How we solve the problem

Are There Known Benefits in Having School Gardens?

There is nothing taught in schools that cannot be learned in a garden. Math and science to be sure, but also history, civics, logic, art, literature, music, and the birds and the bees both literally and figuratively. Beyond that though, in a garden a student learns responsibility, teamwork, citizenship, sustainability, and respect for nature, for others, and for themselves.

Have There Been Studies Carried Out As To The Benefits of School Gardens?

Yes. And here are some samples:

“Schools with outdoor garden programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.” (Bartosh, 2003)

“Third, fourth, and fifth grade students who participated in school gardening activities scored significantly higher on science achievement tests compared to students that did not experience any garden-based learning activities.” (Klemmer et al, 2005)

“Students tend to learn more and better when they are actively involved in the learning process.” (McCormick et al, 1989)

“Elementary school and junior high school students gained more positive attitudes about environmental issues after participating in a school garden program.” (Waliczek and Zajicek, 1999)

“After gardening, students have shown increased knowledge about nutrition, plant ecology, and gardening.” (Pothukuchi, 2004)

“Students who participated in school gardening activities increased their vegetable consumption and the variety of vegetables eaten.” (Ratcliffe, 2011)

“Consumption of fruits and vegetables, as a habit in childhood, is an important predictor of higher fruit and vegetable consumption as adults and can help to prevent or delay chronic disease conditions.” (Heimendinger & Van Duyn, 1995)

“In a project that involved integrating nutrition and gardening among children in grades one through four, the outcomes went well beyond an understanding of good nutrition and the origin of fresh food, to include enhancing the quality and meaningfulness of learning.” Canaris, Irene (1995)

Link to Charles & Phyllis Frias Elementary:

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Our impact

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

Yes! Your donation is tax deductible. Just save your PayPal receipt.

Can I donate by check?

Yes! Just make the check out to “Green Our Planet“ and drop it off at the school.

How can I make a donation of materials or time?

Yes! Just leave a comment at the bottom of the page--and we will contact you.

Who is Launching The Outdoor Garden Classroom Project?

Principal Valerie Rice, along with the teachers & students at Frias Elementary

Will The Garden Be Integrated With The School Curriculum?

Yes. A complete set of lesson plans has already been developed.

What Grades Will Be Involved In The Garden?

All grades.

Who Will Install The Garden?

Garden Farms of Las Vegas. They have already installed a number of successful school gardens across the valley.

Will The Garden Be On An Automatic Watering System?


Will There Be Professional Maintenance Of the Garden, Besides The Students’ Care?

Yes, Garden Farms includes in their installation periodic maintenance service as well.

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A deep thank you for helping water our garden!

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Now you're digging! Visit our garden for a big "high five" from one of our student gardeners!

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You're fertilizing our needs! We will post a big thank you with your name on our school website.

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We have deep-rooted gratitude for your contribution and will post a big thank you with your name on our school website as well as in the school newsletter.

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Smell the compost! For your generous donation you will receive all of the above--plus your name on a decorative stone in our garden.

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As an honorary Master Gardener, you will have half a plot in the garden dedicated in your name on a plaque.

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You are to the garden what the sun is to plants! The energy that flows from your donation will keep our garden growing. For your generosity, you will have an entire plot at the garden in your name on a plaque!

Pledge $2500 or more

Become a Platinum Sponsor! A headline on this webpage will state that you are now a "Platinum Sponsor" of our garden. Also, a sign will be placed in the garden thanking you for your generous platinum sponsorship.

Where this project is located:

Las Vegas, Nevada