Sponsorship Opportunities for Gardeneers at Oakton Elementary’s Edible Garden
We invite both individuals and businesses to join us in sponsoring Oakton Elementary’s 2016 Edible Garden Season. Your generosity allows us to partner with Gardeneers, a group of experienced STEM teachers who specialize in hands-on garden-based learning for students across the Chicago area. Everyone in the area has seen the Oakton garden at the corner of Ridge Avenue and Austin. Now, you have the opportunity to help us grow the gardening program even more.
$4,000 – Mother Nature sponsor (only 2 available!)
- Lead company logo or name on the garden banner posted on garden fence on Ridge Avenue for entire growing season (approximately March through October)
- Recognition as a Mother Nature Sponsor with logo on the Oakton PTA website, email blasts, social media posts, and written materials about Gardeneers partnership
$2,000 – Master Gardener sponsor
- Tiered company logo or name on the garden banner posted on garden fence on Ridge Avenue for entire growing season (approximately March through October)
- Recognition as Master Gardener sponsor with tiered logo on the Oakton PTA website, email blasts, social media posts, and written materials about Gardeneers partnership.
$1,000 – Green Thumb sponsor
- Tiered name (company or individual) listed on the garden banner posted on garden fence on Ridge Avenue for entire growing season (approximately March through October)
- Recognition by name as a Green Thumb sponsor on Oakton PTA website, email blasts, social media posts, and written materials about Gardeneers partnership.
$500 – Seed Starter sponsor
- Recognition by name as Seed Starter sponsor on Oakton PTA website, email blasts, social media posts, and written materials about Gardeneers partnership.
And of course, just like NPR, any contribution is greatly appreciated and so easy to do: just click the PayPal button on the top right of this page. Interested? Have questions? Email Alicia Aiken – Chair of Garden & Grounds Committee – at alicia.l.aiken at gmail dot com or give her a call at 224-520-2701
Why Contribute to Oakton’s Edible Garden and its partnership with Gardeneers?
Science! Technology! Engineering! Math! (Yep, our stems facilitate STEM.)
- Oakton kids get to see and experience the lifecycle of a variety of plants, promoting a real grasp of botany and life sciences. They see how one plant grows differently from another, how seeds work, & how fruit develops from blossoms.
- Gardeneers teachers work with kids to build-up the infrastructure of the garden. That means mapping out watering systems, designing greenhouses, and calculating how much soil is needed.
- Gardening facilitates hands-on math & measurement problems – how much room do we have, how much room does this plant require, how much of this plant can we put in this space, how much will one plant produce, how much water did we get this season, and so on…
- Gardeneers teach students to think about how they treat the earth and what are the long-term impacts of our actions.
- Gardeneers will feature a composting program to help students think about conserving resources rather than treating everything as trash.
- Oakton gardeners can collect seeds and replant them next year, facilitating critical thinking about how we maximize existing resources for greatest local benefits!
- Oakton kids are begging their parents for permission to stop in the garden after school to score some tomatoes, green beans, squash, carrots & peppers. < Seriously, read that sentence again.
- Some Oakton families struggle to put enough food on the table. The garden is a space for sharing good food where finances don’t matter.
- Food is universal, but what we do with it is culturally-specific. When we grow a squash and invite families into the garden, we get organic (pun intended) cross-cultural learning.
“My mom cooks squash with butter and basil.”
“Oh really, we put the blossoms in quesadillas.”
“We are so happy to have squash stems and leaves for frying just like in our home country.”
These are ACTUAL QUOTES!!
- ESL learners often have gardening experience where they came from and we see the spark of recognition when they see plants growing that they KNOW! It gives them a platform to share with classmates and learn how to communicate about it in English.