Emma Sarfaty first volunteered in a Baltimore City Public School during her freshman year. “I fell in love with the students, faculty and staff,” says Emma. “I knew I wanted to teach there one day.”
Today, Emma is the director of the garden club at Barclay Elementary/Middle School; the club exposes children in grades K-6 to the beauty of the natural world. Students plant seeds, harvest crops and prepare and cook what they have grown. Emma leads 10 to 20 Goucher volunteers in offering activities and lessons, teaching students about nutrition, sustainability and environmentalism.
When Emma sees how proud students are of their work in the garden club, she envisions how their passion for sustainable living and eating will positively impact not only their lives, but the lives of their families, neighborhoods and Baltimore as a whole.
Emma’s vision for Baltimore is a city that has equal access to and knowledge of healthy and sustainable living and eating habits. Next fall she will be student teaching full time—another opportunity to foster her students’ pride and ownership in their accomplishments.