On my high school’s National Honor Society page, I posted the following:
“Hi!! I’ve been thinking about how fresh vegetables are generally more expensive and take more time to prepare than, say, putting frozen pizzas in the microwave every night for your kids. Typically, healthy and “well-rounded” meals are a privilege of the middle class.
So, I was wondering if any of the elementary schools around here had children’s vegetable garden programs. If not, NHS could help set up something where kids could stay after school and tend a garden (with the guidance of teachers/NHS kids, of course), and then bring home some of the vegetables to their families. It could even be a summer program or something. We live in such a fertile area — we should take advantage of it.
I leave for college in a week, so I can’t do much, but you guys should talk about it together if you’re interested in contacting the elementary schools (or whoever) about it!”
One of the problems with my proposal is that children may figure out that we’re trying to do it for low class families. Children see class. Kids notice what gifts their friends receive for birthdays and holidays. They notice how frequently their classmates’ clothing is washed, and they noticed what their peers eat for lunch. Children are not blind. I don’t want this program, if established, to create more of a barrier between less wealthy children and more wealthy children.
Another problem is that the program would, of course, require funding. I don’t want families to have to pay to have their children enroll in the program. That would defeat the purpose. But how likely are we to collect donations of vegetable seeds and gardening tools?
I mean, how likely is this project to even be established? It depends on the enthusiasm of the high school students who read the Facebook post. It depends on the willingness of elementary school teachers to give up time. It depends on school administrators to offer land for use. I imagine that this project will not go farther than a few National Honor Society meetings.
But I suppose there was no harm in making the post. Perhaps it will get students thinking about some of their class privileges.