Elaine’s Project is inspired by Dr. Elaine Kohler’s passionate dedication to improving the health of inner city children. Elaine’s Project will address the damaging and often deadly health effects that inner city economic, environmental and social conditions have on its resident children and their families, particularly through increased health services and educational programs emphasizing lifestyle, nutrition and access to healthy foods. The goal of Elaine’s Project is to create a replicable Project-Based Learning program for healthier lifestyles and living environments toward improving student and family health, building awareness and capacity with an emphasis on generational sustainability.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute installed and stewards the maintenance of Teutonia Urban Garden (TUG-ALL) providing an Environmental-Based site for hands-on health and sciences fieldwork and the physical and mental benefits of outdoor activity for the Academy of Learning and Leadership student body during the school year and in summer in partnership with the LaVarnway Boys and Girls Club to which the Academy is attached. The Garden Educator will provide ecological education to students in their classrooms, on-site at TUG and through ‘mirrored learning’ on sustainable, rural farms as well as facilitate ALL teachers in garden-curriculum integration.