Gardening and Mock Trials

November 17, 2022

Antelope Valley Adventist School


AVAS’s First Garden Project

The students at Antelope Valley Adventist School (AVAS) in Lancaster, California, are rolling up their sleeves and really digging in—into a garden, that is. AVAS’s first-ever garden project kicked off this year, and it’s been a great success! Students are getting valuable hands-on training about plant life cycles, solid structure, function, adaptation, weather, ecosystems, composting, and sustainability. It doesn’t stop there, however; gardening helps equip students with practical skills like problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, data analysis and probability, and much more!

The goal is for this program to make the concept of seed-to-table a reality. Gardening is a great skill to nurture within students, and AVAS is excited to see where the program will lead. Using multidisciplinary teaching tools like this gardening project helps with the overall development of children’s learning, something Adventist education is all about!








Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Students Participate in Mock Trial 

In 1980, the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) introduced the Mock Trial program. It was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society.






This year the seventh- and eighth-grade students at AVAS participated in the Mock Trial, which dealt with robbery and assault and battery. This experience gave the students an opportunity to work in teams, exchange ideas, set goals, and examine issues while interacting with positive role models from their communities. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also develop presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation.

What an amazing learning experience for the students of AVAS!