Grantee Blog 2020

Tower Garden and Pickleball.

Blog 5 (Year 2) Tower Garden and Pickleball.

Central – Samantha Bunsa

Long Branch Public Schools ended their summer school/camps as of August 15th. The students continued to grow their Tower Gardens and were able to eat their veggies that they grew at lunch. When school reopens in the fall the Audrey W. Clark School will continue the program and LBPS will sustain the cost. They will also plan a community night and combine with Back to School. Students were set to sell their vegetables at the local farmers market but by the time the market opened the school district decided not to allow students to be with the public due to the new Delta variant.

Pickleball continues in the community. We are continuing to play outside and plan on have two nights per week in the gym, however we will have to wait and see where we as a community are as far as the new variant. This activity has continued and has been very popular with the community. In August the recreation department held a six-week clinic for community members. We had over 30 people sign up and participate.

The students will continue the program in their PE classes when school re-opens and hopefully they will also run a community night for indoor play 2 nights a week (at their own expense).

Food services will try to set a night up for parents and community members when schools re-open in the fall.

Teachers will continue to facilitate Pickleball and grow their gardens during the beginning of the school year and continue throughout the semester.


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New Jersey Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD)

SHAPE NJ is dedicated to advancing quality health education, physical education, recreation, dance education, and athletics through professional development, programming, advocacy, and collegial exchange. The Association promotes responsibility and development of healthy active lifestyles for New Jersey’s students, educators and community members.