School Garden Program
SIA's school garden program was started in our pre-opening year by design team member, and founding teacher, Mary Himley. Ms. Himley is a certified WSU Master Gardener and Composter and has been part of starting three different school gardens. SIA is also a certified Polinator Habitat and as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.She worked with students, families and community members to establish a community garden on our school site that has served as an incredible hands on learning experience for hundreds of students.
The purpose of the garden is to teach our students responsibility, help them make a connection between growing food and seeing it on their table and to help them better understand the science behind the process of growing food.
SIA has had the opportunity to harvest food from our garden and use it in our food program. Kids have loved the chance to be able to compare the taste of store bought and "home grown" food!
SIA has been certified as a Gold Level Washington Green School due to the efforts of our Green Team. SIA has received recognition in such categories as: recycling, composting, school grounds/gardens, and establishing a "No Idle Zone" in our drop-off and pick up zones.