With a new school year right around the corner—Seattle Public Schools begin September 7, 2016—here’s a look at Pike Place Market’s school outreach program and the numbers for the past school year.
For the 2015-16 school year, the Education Program:
- Hosted educational field trips for 120 2nd-4th grade classes
- Engaged with 55 Seattle and Shoreline schools (30 public and 25 private), though the program is open to any school in the greater Seattle area
- Reached 2,608 students
A 2nd grader’s depiction of their Pike Place Market experience
Each participating class is first visited by Scott Davies, Education and Outreach Manager, who does an interactive history role-play and PowerPoint presentation about the Market’s farmers.Teachers then use online curricular materials (visit pikeplacemarket.org/education for lesson plans and more) and loaned resources like storybooks.
While they learn about the Market in their classroom, many classes conduct food drives for the Pike Market Food Bank. Last school year, participating schools donated 6,622 pounds of food to the Pike Market Food Bank!
Classes visit the Market on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for an educational tour led by Market volunteers. Small groups visit Pike Place businesses to meet merchants and business owners, learn something new and experience the Market behind the scenes.
Jonathan from the Market Magic Shop demonstrates a card trick to an eager student
ChefSteps owner Chris Young wows 3rd graders as he demonstrates how to carbonate fruit
Scott Davies, Education and Outreach Manager, points out visible food production to students at the Daily Dozen Doughnut Co.