Teachers, students preparing for annual Fairchild Challenge

Some 300 middle and high school teachers from Miami area public and private schools attended the Fairchild Challenge Teacher Information Brunch on Aug. 25 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Pictured are members of the Botanical Band composed of the Fairchild Challenge staff for high school students (l-r): Sarah Vatland, Juan Rivera, Barbara Martinez and Thad Foote.

Now celebrating its 11th anniversary, more than 250 schools and 120,000 students and teachers participate in the Fairchild Challenge in Miami-Dade and Broward counties including public and private schools and community organizations. The program is designed to engage thousands of young people and by extension, their teachers, parents and friends.

A new challenge for this school year’s high school students in the Performance category is Botanical Band. Students will choose a culture from anywhere in the world and create botanical instruments and perform a piece of music representative of that culture

Middle school students will be challenged with creating green cuisine cooking for the first time, specifically a low impact after school snack.

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