More than one televison show or movie has made us chuckle at a character who often takes things literally. Someone says to that character, “Hop to it,” and we laugh (or groan) as they leave the room, hopping like a rabbit.
Now, I know that the ECNS students and staff aren’t like those comic characters. They don’t take this year’s school theme literally: “dig deep. cultivate community.” But I have to admit, I did smile as I saw Grade 9’s gather side by side with a few people from The Mustard Seed* to dig potatoes, carrots, onions and more at Ladyflower Gardens**. I didn’t laugh; I definitely didn’t groan; but I did smile! Maybe there was even a joyful chuckle. They were digging deep. They were finding the gifts of community with eachother and beyond, cultivating a garden.
And for the students, the community-building did not end there. The majority of the food harvested will be donated to the Edmonton Foodbank. What isn’t donated will be used by the Food Studies students to make soup for the Mosaic Centre.*** Students will reflect on their experience and perhaps it will help shape their Social Studies discussions of economics and poverty, or their Science discussions of biodiversity, or it will give them their next idea for writing in Language Arts class. . .
At Edmonton Christian Schools we know that forming healthy relationships within our schools and in the communities we live in is as important as the books we open. It’s something we dig deep to do. If there just happens to be a potato, carrot or onion at the bottom of that dig . . . it’s just another gift from God!