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LCS/RISE Urban Farm and City of Lakeland Receives Partnership Award

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One of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.

LCS RISE Instructor, Jennifer Canady was contacted by Alis Drumgo, Interim Manager (of Community & Economic Development and Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency for City of Lakeland) to say, “The LCRA and LCS were recently notified that we have won an award for Best Outstanding Management Program Creative Partnership being recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association for the work at Everette Taylor Urban Farm. The award ceremony is 10/25 @ the Sanibel Marriott in Fort Myers.”

The Everette Taylor Urban Farm at Mass Market has been an ongoing project of LCS RISE students.  The vision for the Everette Taylor Urban Farm at Mass Market is threefold: to inspire, to educate, and to connect the community to fresh, delicious food and to each other.

If you are not familiar with the ETUF@MM project, “the Everette Taylor Urban Farm at Mass Market is a program of the Lakeland Christian School RISE Institute, which holds a lease on a 1/3 acre site on Plum Street in the Midtown Design District.

The program supports both education and community outreach objectives. Helping students discover the solutions to real-world problems is a perennial goal for the Farm. One such problem RISE students have been passionate about for years is nutrition—teaching kids to grow delicious, fresh food makes it more likely they will also eat healthy food. We believe that we can make a difference in the long-term health of our community with the Urban Farm.

The Urban Farm will give Pre-K-12th grade students positive experiences with growing and tasting fresh fruits and vegetables in an art-integrated space. Through activities connecting science, art, history, and product-oriented activities like design thinking and “making”, students will become investigators and problem solvers. In addition to current LCS students, a RISE Institute homeschool program will open opportunities to middle and high school students.” – Article from the LCS RISE website.

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