BUGS After School Program Hosts 18th Annual Farmers Market

April 14, 2014

Living Classrooms’ Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) After School Program Hosts 18th Annual Farmers Market Students Highlight Skills During the 100% Kid-Run Event WHAT: The 60 students of the Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) After-School Program have been growing, cooking, and creating over the course of the fall and winter in preparation for the 18th Annual BUGS Farmer’s Market. During the event, 2nd through 5th graders from Baltimore City’s Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School will showcase what they have learned in the areas of gardening, creative arts, cooking, creative movement, and STEM including serving as the cashiers, receipt writers, sales associates, and stockers of their own business. This one-day, kid-run event offers hundreds of organically grown heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seedlings, student-made artwork, homemade dressings and granola. Throughout the course of the day, visitors will enjoy live demonstrations, samples and music. WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 RAIN OR SHINE! 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. WHERE: Living Classrooms Foundation East Harbor Campus 802 S. Caroline Street Baltimore, MD 21231 NOTE: For additional information or to cover the event, please contact Algernon Campbell at 410-952-7657 via email at acampbell@livingclassrooms.org. About the Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program: The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students BUGS After School Program serves sixty 2nd through 5th grade students from Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, a Baltimore City Public School, Monday-Friday from 3-6pm during the school year and five hours a day during the summer. Students are transported to Living Classrooms Foundation where the facilities include classrooms, a greenhouse, vegetable and flower gardens, an art space, wetlands and a grassy playing field. In 2009, The BUGS program was awarded the National William S. White Award from the United States Department of Education and the Mott Foundation as an exemplary 21st Century Community Learning Center. In operation for over 20 years, the BUGS program refined its mission and methodology in 2002 to meet the needs of the under served youth of Johnston Square Elementary/Middle School. In 2010, the BUGS Program moved to Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School. Results from the 2012-13 school year indicate the impact that the program is making on students: on the Maryland School Assessments, 25% of students improved by one proficiency level or more in Reading with 89% of total students scoring Proficient or Advanced in 2013 and 21% of students improved by one proficiency level or more in Math, with 89% of total students scoring Proficient or Advanced in 2013. Attendance also improved to 70% of students missing fewer than 10 days of school. Using the inspiration of nature to tap into children’s innate curiosity. BUGS utilizes five thematic teaching groups to engage and inspire our students’ development: Gardening, Cooking and Nutrition, Creative Arts, Creative Movement, Entrepreneurship and Service-Learning. Through this type of hands-on, project-based teaching, the BUGS curriculum is able to offer social and academic development in an exciting, fun manner that reaches students who thrive in non-traditional academic settings while complementing in-school learning. Please check out our blog, www.bugsprogram.blogspot.org About the Living Classrooms Foundation (www.livingclassrooms.org): Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF) is a non-profit organization founded in Baltimore in 1985. The Foundation’s philosophy is based on the concept that students – especially those in need of extra guidance – respond to real-world applications of academics far more readily in small classes with challenging settings than they do in traditional classrooms. LCF provides innovative experiential educational and job training programs for 40,000 youth annually.