During discussions with students at FLO about the idea of community and the area that they lived in, there seemed to be a negative outlook. Students perceived their town and community as dull and bare, and discussed it in terms of the alcohol, drug, crime and mental health issues that are prevalent where they reside.
Further discussions invited students to think about how they believed these issues could be reduced or assisted, which led to the idea that the community needs to be improved somehow. It was these discussions that encouraged students to consider ways they could help, which resulted in the idea of establishing a community garden. While brainstorming some names for the project, Kieran- one of our year 11 students had come up with the name of 'Green Valley Gardens' which everyone agreed was a perfect fit.
After hearing about the Bright Futures for Young Victorians Challenge offered by VicHealth, the staff and students of Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Options thought this would be a great opportunity to help kick start the project of creating an inclusive community garden.
To gain funding to start our project we made an audition video to request funding from Vic Health. Thanks to the generous donation from VicHealth, LV FLO was successful in gaining funding for the garden and we have now begun the process of establishing our garden!
Below is the audition video students had created using the school iPads.
Students, teachers and people involved in the establishment and development of LV FLO Green Valley Garden.