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Tamra Bottomlee, director of the Purdue University Calumet–Charlotte R.
Riley Child Care Center, and lead teacher Kate DeRolf cooperated in multiple
photo shoots, shared their own photographs, and introduced us to the Grow
NWI (Northwest Indiana) organization, which connected us to additional
schools with gardening programs.
Barb Gustin and Arcilia Ramirez, of School City of Hammond Head Start
tracked down photo and artwork permissions from past students so that
we could share gardening explorations of the following teachers: Jennifer
Wachowski, Janet DeZarn, JoAnn Guevara, and Carol Haynes.
Amy Weimann Collins and Colleen Bandy, of the Elgin Child and Family
Resource Center, gave us access to photograph cooking activities and provided
Spanish-speaking translators as we sought permission from parents.
Principal Peg Harangody and Dyana Butcher at St. Michael’s School
showed us the incredible power of container gardening. We also want to thank
third-grade teacher Maryann Tonkovich, who shared her iPad photos and stu-
Michelle Bowen and the teaching staff at the Hilltop Neighborhood House
allowed us to take gorgeous photographs of their students in the garden,
including the one on the cover of this book.
Crown Point Christian School Principal Carol Moxey, and teachers Elaine
Nosich and Betsy Zimmer, allowed us to document learning as well as imple-
ment/photograph classroom activities.
Becky Moore, site director, and the teachers of the University School for
Young Children at Southeast Missouri State University assisted us with proj-
ects and photographs. Special thanks to Megan St. John, Kim Rueseler, Alicia
Pavelka, and Amanda Morris for allowing us to work in their classrooms.
The teachers and staff at Sikeston University Child Development Center
of Southeast Missouri State University graciously allowed us onto their Nature
Explore Outdoor Classroom and into their classrooms.
Christine Kiewra, education specialist at Nature Explore/Dimensions
Educational Research Foundation, graciously spent time talking with us about
her experiences using a greenhouse and then went out of her way to take a
photograph we could use to accompany her story.
Kristi Draluck shared her stories and impressive images of Wooly Pocket
vertical gardening with her kindergarten class in Sonoma, California for us to
include. We’re only sorry that we were unable to post the video in our book
of the baby birds whose nest was discovered in one of the pockets and that we
couldn’t make it to their salad buffet after the harvest.
Beth Krieger, the Director of Communications at The Calhoun School,
West End Avenue in New York arranged for us to visit numerous classrooms
and join an evening picnic on their green roof. We would like to thank the
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