Grantee Blog 2020

Tower Garden and Pickleball-Blog 1 (Year 2)





Blog 1 (Year 2) Tower Garden and Pickleball.


Central – Samantha Bunsa

As of today, Long Branch Public Schools are all toggling between in person and remote due to Covid 19. As the weather gets poor, more and more are they teaching/learning by remote. Three teachers are still growing at home and four teachers are growing in school, (providing they are there). One teacher is struggling with her class load, she will start the garden again March 1st. Students are getting very little hands on due to the pandemic, however they will have the tower gardens for years to come. It has been written in all science and health curriculums.

I have been in contact with the teachers by email and zoom calls. They are continuing to grow their gardens at home and in school when possible. They share the process with their students. As the weather changes they will be using the grow lights (all grow lights are finally delivered) for their towers.

Pickleball continues in the community. They are still able to play outside. Some community members even shovel the snow to play outside. This activity has continued and has been very popular with the community. Once the weather changes it is going to be difficult due to the buildings still being closed. We are planning on playing outside all winter depending on the weather. The pickleball community do not seem to mind the cold.

I am still in contact with food services to see if we can get involved with them as they are still making grab and go’s for students. However, they feel we need to wait until schools re-open.

At this point I will continue to facilitate Pickleball and assisting teachers with their towers.



About the Grantee

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

NJAHPERD 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.