District 203 Harvest

With autumn in full swing, two local schools shared the fruits of their harvest with others.

Students at Naperville North High School and Beebe Elementary School opened their edible gardens to the public.

In its first year, the District 203 program allowed students to plant crops and see them through to harvest.

North’s garden was tended to by students in the special education program and the entire student body pitched in at Beebe.

“Instead of just reading about it or learning about it, they get to get involved in it and actually see it happen from the part where we’re just planting to where we’re going ahead and harvesting them,” said Jerry Kedzoria, a teacher at Naperville North and advisor to

“The garden fits into their curriculum and into life so many ways,” said Lucy Nobrega, the Coordinator of the Beebe Garden. “The most important one to me was healthy eating. And to give kids an idea of what healthy eating is.”

Loaves & Fishes is also benefiting from the program. District 203 has donated more than 150 pounds of food from their gardens to the food pantry.

District 203 is looking into possibly expanding the program to other schools next year.

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