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The Compass School Pilots RI School Gardens Initiative

With second-year funding from Newman’s Own Foundation and Main Street Resources, The Compass School is offering the RI School Gardens Outreach Initiative. Through these efforts, Compass will host workshops, field days, camps and other community engagement opportunities. The Compass School Farm will also provide capacity for six other schools throughout the state to realize their own garden programs.

Schools from districts statewide responded to the opportunity to partner with Compass on this project. The following six schools were chosen for garden builds: Thompson Middle School in Newport, Pell Elementary School in Newport, South Side Community Charter in Providence, Stony Lane Elementary School in North Kingstown, Kingston Hill Academy and South Kingstown High School.

The Compass School hosted a kickoff event on Thursday, March 15th. Representatives and students from the selected schools, as well as supporters, attended.

The Compass School is a high-performing K-8 public charter and nationally recognized Green Ribbon School. Since 2002, Compass’ mission is to offer a multi-age learning community that fosters a passion for learning in all students so they can reach their full potential. The school uses a project-based curriculum integrating academic disciplines, emphasizing social responsibility and environmental sustainability, in small classroom settings to prepare each graduate to be a responsible citizen in the global community. In 2017, the school grew The Compass Farm, which is now the largest school garden in the state, serving as a resource center and replication model for other schools with support from Newman’s Own Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation, Project Green Schools and Boston Bruins Foundation. For more information, visit: www.compassschool.org

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