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Educators to Renovate Head Start Garden

April 06, 2012

The Concho Valley Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a professional association of educators, has received a $1,000 grant from the national PDK organization to renovate a garden area at the Rio Vista Head Start campus, 2800 Ben Ficklin Road.

The local group, made up of Angelo State University graduate students, ASU faculty and professional educators, has scheduled workdays on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, to convert the garden area into an outdoor nature center for students. 

According to Dr. Christine Purkiss, ASU assistant professor of teacher education, PDK plans to clear the area of weeds and construct a pea gravel path through several different areas of plants and shrubs.  Because San Angelo is semi-arid, drought-resistant native plants will be installed and the garden floor will be covered with mulch to conserve moisture. 

The plants will be grouped to attract butterflies and birds, and the trees and plants will be labeled for easy identification.  Once the nature center is finished, curriculum supporting early childhood science will be created to help the Head Start students better understand nature. 

The national PDK organization is one of the largest education associations in the world with thousands of members.  Its mission is to support education, particularly public education, and to be experts at cultivating future educators while continuing to ensure high-quality education.  Members include teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators. 

For more information on the project, call Purkiss at 325-942-6954.

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Dr. Christine Purkiss
325-942-6954