Keister Elementary and JMU

Keister Elementary and JMU

Keister Elementary Teacher Ms. Regina Hissong and Dr. Holly Pence, Coordinator of the College of Education's Early Childhood Education MAT Program, recieved the Martha B. and Guy M. Jones Education Endownment to support Keister's "Afternoon Explorations" extended-day program.  The grant proposal focused on "Sustainability in the Elementary Classroom" - A school-based, collaborative effort between Dr. Pence's ECED 609 class and Ms. Hissong's 2nd and 3rd graders, to provide an authentic learning experience through the Project Approach. Through various after-school field trips and exploration tables designed by the students of ECED 609, the Keister students investigated local foods, composting, growing, harvesting, nutrition, wellness and cooking to better understand the connection to health through whole foods and sustainable practices. 

View Photos of the semester here.

The project culminated with the May 2nd Keister Kids Can Cook Dinner.  The event  showcased the cooking skills of Ms. Hissong's 2nd and 3rd grade students, and was held at Keister Elementary School. Nearly $600 dollars was raised from the dinner to support the Friendly City Food Co-Op.