The SEED project takes a holistic approach in addressing ecological awareness and sustainability, including topics such as self-identity, food systems, biodiversity, and systems thinking (awareness of the whole and how the parts within interrelate). Through these lessons we attempt to intrinsically motivate not only students, but teachers as well, to make choices from a more global perspective. It is our intent to create school partnerships that not only allow us to work with individual classrooms but also create school projects which reflect the themes we address in the classroom. In this way, students get to take the concepts we have been discussing and create a display for others to observe and experience. Through partnerships, not only with schools, but other non-profit and community agencies, we believe we will incorporate a strong, collaborative effort which will enhance a sustainable future for our community.
The SEED Project is an experiential, hands-on learning program designed to connect students with the natural world and their place in it.
We offer the SEED Project free to Broward County Public Schools and for a nominal fee to private schools, summer camps and after school programs. The program is a series of five (1) hour sessions. It can be implemented in the whole school or for a specific grade or class. Due to the experiential nature of the program, it is best suited to be taught one class at a time with a max of 25 students. Our program is specifically designed to engage and involve the students. We lead each session and provide all of the materials necessary.
If you live outside of South Florida and are interested in presenting the SEED Project program to your students please register below for free access to our materials, including teacher’s notes, handouts, and feedback forms. We will be adding tutorial videos as they become available.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The SEED Project program is a series of five (1) hour sessions that builds on the concept of sustainability through awareness, personal choice and healthy habits. The lessons help students see themselves and the world around them through an inclusive lens. It is our hope that students begin to recognize the challenges facing our world today as opportunities to create a more loving, kind planet and move through life acting on this premise.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that our HANDY youth are better off because of Heal the Planet programming. As you expand capacity through the good work of Rachel and others, I will continue to be your champion.”
-Evan J. Goldman, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, HANDY INC.
“I applaud the “SEED Project” from Heal the Planet! Rachel Shapiro brought this program to our school, Sawgrass Elementary, last May, 2016 for six lessons about nutrition and healthy living. It made such a positive impact on both students and parents as many were unaware of the four pillars of health. After their visit, families were suddenly sharing new recipes for zucchini pasta and working on new fitness plans. Snacks in my classroom also suddenly changed from Doritos and Hershey Bars to apples, nuts and date seed energy balls! What an amazing program for everyone! I’m excited that they will be able to come back again and work with our students this month.”
-Susan Rothbard, 4th Grade Teacher, Sawgrass Elementary
“The students at Nova Eisenhower Elementary in Davie are lucky with the experience brought by, Heal the Planet, SEED Project. They wait attentively and look forward to the weekly lesson that most are not normally exposed to. This project brings students and teachers together to learn about nutrition, fitness and the importance of each. Students are taught how they can make/have an impact on our world and understand the sustainable resources available to all of us. The hands-on food preparation, lessons and fitness activities are engaging. The room is filled with energy, curiosity and the faces of bright minds ready to absorb the weekly message.”
-T. Luck, M.S., 2nd Grade Teacher, Nova Eisenhower Elementary
BECOME A SEED SPONSOR
With just a $1,000 donation to Heal the Planet you could sponsor an entire 6 week SEED Project for 25 students. Our student surveys reveal an 80% effective rate in getting the children to introduce new fruits and vegetables into their diet! Your small donation will create a huge impact in the health and well-being of our youth. Just click the Donate button below and specify ‘SEED Project’ in the note of the donation.
OUTSIDE THE SOUTH FLORIDA AREA?
We have made all of the SEED Project materials available for download for FREE here on our web site. You will find the student handouts, the teacher’s notes, shopping/supply lists, and feedback forms for students, teachers, and parents. We will constantly be improving the resources available for educators. In order to receive access to the materials please sign up here. Once you confirm the subscription, the password to access the materials will be emailed to you. We welcome your feedback and suggestions!