Duke Energy School of the Week is Rothenburg Prep Academy
OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) - Duke Energy's School of the Week is Cincinnati Public School's Rothenberg Preparatory Academy.
At Rothenberg they aim to raise smart, healthy kids and they are doing it by getting their hands dirty. The school has its own rooftop garden. It's a space where students take classes about once a week.
Teachers are planting the seeds of knowledge by using this real world atmosphere to teach science, reading, creative writing, social studies, and even math.
The children plan, plant, tend, and harvest the vegetables. It's an important lesson, especially in Over-the-Rhine, which is considered a food desert because access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited.
The learning doesn't stop there. They also engage the community with public programs and share the food with local families. "They love being in our outdoor classroom space," said principal Amber Simpson. "They love the fact that they're outside and they're learning, but also just the beauty of the space. It's amazing that there is something so beautiful in this urban setting and that we created it on the rooftop."
The plan now is to add a weather station.
The garden is overflowing with opportunities. There are two after school programs Rainbow Readers and Junior Horticulture Club.
This summer they will have a first time internship program for eighth grade students.
The Rothenberg rooftop garden is run by a non-profit organization and volunteers.