SIA School Gardens


Spokane International Academy teacher Mary Himley has worked with students, families and community members to establish a community garden on our school site. 

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 due to our partnership with the Empire Health Foundation's Scratch Cooking Program. Mrs. Lacroix, SIA's chef, made an amazing potatoe caserole last year with our harvest, and we're excited to see what she cooks up next!

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 was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Washington Green School

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" at both the Primary and Middle Academy.