Written by Ashley Dunbar, proud AmeriCorps member serving on the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation team at Winbourne Elementary School.

Last time CYBR checked in with Winbourne Elementary, our garden was just built and barely sprouting. Months later, we now have a full vegetable garden that our students are able to maintain and learn from! 

The Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry teamed up to provide Winbourne Elementary with garden plots and vegetables, which include cabbage, peppers, lettuce, and collard greens. Students from all grades (1-5) who are part of the school’s Gardening Club are given the opportunity to learn about and engage in gardening.

The garden plots, which were built by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge, have been painted by corps members at Winbourne Elementary. 

The mission of the Gardening Club is to educate the students on healthy eating and nutrition. During each meeting, corps members will introduce different fruits and vegetables to the students and show them how to incorporate them into their everyday diets. 

Vegetables including broccoli, green peppers, and cabbage are all sprouting beautifully in the Winbourne Garden. 

Throughout the year, City Year and students will tend to the garden and eventually put together a cookbook that will help them maintain a nutritional lifestyle, even after Gardening Club!

Corps members have painted the school’s motto onto the garden plots to encourage school spirit. Together, City Year and Winbourne are “Soaring to Success, Becoming the Best of the Best.” 


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