The following is a list of current projects that Towson University is a part of in Cherry Hill.
Young Gardeners Program
The Office of Civic Engagement, in collaboration with Higher Achievement Baltimore, was awarded a Cherry Hill People’s Garden grant to develop an after-school garden club at Arundel Elementary/Middle School. The club, called the Young Gardeners Program, aims to create a space for Cherry Hill students to expand their understanding of health, nutrition, and gardening in a creative way. Workshops and hands-on experiences are led by Towson University student-volunteers and Cherry Hill community members. The club, offered as part of Higher Achievement’s comprehensive after-school program, meets every Thursday from 4:45-5:45pm.
The After-School Tutoring program is designed to provide academic support to students participating in Higher Achievement Baltimore’s academic enrichment program at Arundel Elementary/Middle School. Towson University students volunteer as tutors for small groups of Higher Achievement’s Scholars, helping them achieve academic success in various subject areas. The tutoring program takes place every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 pm.
The Civic Engagement & Leadership Office also collaborates with Reading Partners, a nonprofit located in Cherry Hill to tutor struggling readers from kindergarten through 5th grade. Towson students volunteer at Cherry Hill Elementary School various days throughout the week.
Eat Healthy Live Healthy Urban Garden
Many Cherry Hill residents lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet. In September 2010, to combat this lack of access, the Housing Authority of Baltimore arranged a lease agreement allowing residents to build the Eat Healthy Live Healthy Urban garden on 0.5 acres of vacant land. In collaboration with faculty from TU’s College of Health Professions, the neighborhood residents and members of the Cherry Hill Community Coalition developed the Eat Healthy Live Health Urban Garden. The garden currently has over 20 raised beds which produced a range of fresh vegetables in the garden’s first growing season. Towson University works with the residents and the schools of Cherry Hill to maintain the Eat Healthy Live Healthy Urban Garden.
Towson University was recently awarded a People's Garden Grant by the US Department of Agriculture. The majority of the awarded $60,000 is to be distributed as micro-subgrants (up to $3500) to community groups and organizations that fulfill the goals of the grant. The goals/objectives of the Cherry Hill People’s Garden Grant are to:
Establish at least 4 school gardens in Cherry Hill
Establish at least 4 community gardens in Cherry Hill
Ensure collaboration between at least 2 organizations/groups for each awarded sub-grant
Deliver at least 18 education sessions
Engage at least 225 people in the Cherry Hill community
Promote workforce development in the area of urban agriculture