LSU Lab School Students Enjoy Cub Garden
BATON ROUGE – LSU Laboratory School, or Lab School, kindergarten and sixth grade students harvested carrots, leaf lettuce, green onions and other vegetables from the school’s Cub Garden in December and donated their harvest to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Faculty and parent volunteers utilize the Cub Garden as an outdoor classroom to promote nutritional, environmental and social well-being within the Lab School community.
High school science instructor Steven Babcock, kindergarten instructor Catherine Rosenfeld and sixth grade reading writing workshop instructor Jill Calloway supervised the students and helped them pick and clean the vegetables. Maggie Richardson, a “Cub Club” parent volunteer, transported the fresh produce to St. Vincent DePaul in downtown Baton Rouge.
“We are very pleased with the success of our garden,” said Lab School Principal Albert Camburn. “With the financial backing of the University Laboratory School Cub Club, the leadership of Steve Babcock, the partnership with [cafeteria manager] Joanna Krumholt and the cafeteria staff and the participation of a variety of grade levels and our parent community, the Cub Garden will continue to be productive.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul dining room in Baton Rouge feeds lunch to 400 to 500 people daily. This is the only meal of the day for some of the men, women and children they serve.
The kitchen staff is accustomed to designing nutritionally balanced menus around the variety of fresh foods they receive each day, cooking meals with these ingredients as soon as possible. The Lab School donations were served as side dishes, salads and ingredients in entrees such as red beans and rice.
This was the Lab School’s first fresh produce contribution to St. Vincent de Paul. The faculty and parents intend to work with the students and make additional contributions from the 2012 spring, summer and winter harvests.
“We are looking forward to more bumper crops in the coming year,” said Camburn.
For more information about the LSU Laboratory School, visit www.uhigh.lsu.edu.