News & Past Events
MU Children's Learning Garden Family Newsletter
St. Jude's Trike-A-Thon
The annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital was held in correlation with the Week of the Young Child. We had a tremendous amount of parents and others come out, as well as HDFSSA volunteers (thanks to Erin Angst Baker!) who assisted in getting the children to their riding location, blowing bubbles and playing with sidewalk chalk with the children. This year our event raised over $700!
CDL Block Party
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Green Door now has a new set of blocks and a cart for storage! When children build with blocks, they are engaged in carrying out a plan, taking risks, solving problems and learning to cooperate with their peers. In addition, block play supports language development and fosters scientific and mathematical exploration. These blocks will facilitate valuable learning experiences for children today and for years to come.
On Friday, November 21, 2014 the faculty and staff of the Child Development Lab hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon for over 200 parents, children, student teachers, graduate students, and special guests. We shared great food and fellowship and can’t wait to do it again next year.
Quote from one of our guests:
"Thanks to everyone at CDL for the hard work that went into hosting this huge thanksgiving feast. Nikhil has been really excited about this event, and really looked forward to it. This afternoon, he said "this is the best day ever! I heard similar things from other parents. I wanted to thank everyone again at CDL for the great work they do, with the kids all year! Our family is very thankful to all of you for this!"
Preethi and Raj
An Evening Under the Stars
The MU Child Development Lab was pleased to present "An Evening Under the Stars: Celebrating MU’s Children’s Learning Garden" on Saturday, September 6, 2014. CDL Parents, Teachers, HDFS and HES Faculty, and friends of the garden shared garden-inspired appetizers, wine, great company, and perfect weather. Donations will go toward seeds, soil, and gardening tools for next year’s growing season.
MU Children's Garden Dedication
We celebrated the official opening of the MU Children's Learning Garden on Thursday, May 1st, 2014. We'd like to thank the many individuals who made this outstanding garden possible, beginning with doctoral student Chris Murakami and former CDL Director, Jessie Bradley, Mel Oliver of USDA-ARS, Dr. Chris Harden, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Department Chair, and most especially our generous benefactors, whose large financial donation made the "outdoor classroom" possible, Robert and Marlese Gourley.
CDL Kitchen Ribbon Cutting
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Susan Stewart Daniel/Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation CDL Kitchen was held on April 27th. The kitchen is truly a beautiful and functional space! The CDL kitchen went from worst in the US to best in the nation when it comes to child care center kitchens. We are extremely grateful to Susan Stewart Daniel and the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation for this wonderful facility.
Play Yard Improvement Day
Play Yard Improvement Day, held on Saturday, April 26th, was very productive--the play yard and tot lot look amazing! Please note, we plan to build on this momentum and schedule additional work days over the summer. Plans are in the works to convene a Play Yard Improvement Committee to work on an improvement plan and budget for both the preschool and infant/toddler outdoor areas. The committee will consist of CDL teachers, a few CDL parents, an HDFS faculty member, and hopefully, a representative from the MU Department of Architectural Studies. If anyone knows a landscape architect who might be willing to provide some pro bono advice, that would be most welcome. Also, if you are interested in serving on this committee please e-mail Michelle Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org.