H.D. Cooke Elementary School is part of the DC Public School system, located in Northwest. Thanks to a generous donor, Tracy Loh, and support from community members such as Jeff Wilkes we were able to plant a native pollinator garden in the Spring of 2010. With the help of Chesapeake Natives', Chris Puttock and Rochelle Bartolomei, the garden was designed and planted!
The following school year participating teachers attended our annual curriculum workshop and implemented the Monarchs and More curriculum in their own classrooms.
In 2013 we began a partnership with KidPower Inc. KidPower inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia. Currently, Kid Power’s after-school and summer programs serve 425 elementary and middle school students at Title 1 DC Public Schools. Kid Power serves an additional 1,200 students at 5 DCPS schools with monthly in-school VeggieTime science lessons.
Through our partnership with KidPower, we were awarded a grant from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This allowed students to be participate in hands on lessons in both the edible and pollinator gardens. Additionally students were able to partner with a sister school in Mexico.
In the 2016-2017 school year students will continue to partner with their Mexican sister school.