Grantee Blog 2020

Sensory Garden Planning

The Sensory Garden idea was originally created through our School Wellness Committee that is comprised of teachers, parents, food service providers, students and SNAP ED.  We had discussed how to transform an unused outdoor courtyard into a space that could be used to stimulate the senses.
We envision the garden to be a space that can promote calmness, provide sensory input and encourage healthy eating for all students.  A garden subcommittee has been formed, this committee is comprised of the Jane Langeveld-School Social Worker, Davina Daura Occupational Therapist and Owner of Performance Pediatrics (Community Partner), Lauren Sprich and Jennifer Salt from SNAP ED (Community Partner) and Lisa Chiariello from Rutgers Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
We are currently in the initial planning stages of our project.  Last week several members of the garden committee met to discuss the vision of the garden, hardscaping and equipment.
In order to effectively plan out the space we enrolled the help of some 3rd Grade students who helped measure the garden and were able to calculate the area.  Our students are super excited to start work on the garden!  Spring can’t come soon enough.

About the Grantee

Merriam Avenue Elementary School

Merriam Avenue School is a Pre K through 4 school located in Northern New Jersey. We have around 450 students. We are a Title 1 school.