Have you ever seen small tour groups of elementary school kids out exploring the Market? Chances are you've crossed paths with Pike Place Market's own Education Program.
The Pike Place Market Education Program was created by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to link Seattle-area schools with the Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously-operated farmers markets in the United States.
Since it was created in 1992, the program has taught more than 25,000 Seattle elementary school students about Pike Place Market’s original farmers market, its unique history and wide array of businesses.
This past school year, volunteers (who worked 700 hours total) and staff served 2,351 local students on 101 tours! Most students were second or third graders who studied community in social studies. Students first received information about the Market via in-class presentations and curricular materials on the Market website and resource bag. Three weeks later, they visited the Market. Many classes extended their Market studies by doing food drives or classroom market fundraisers to benefit the Market’s social services.
PDA educators extend a grateful thanks to all in the Market community who took time to connect with visiting students, many of whom were in the Market for their first time. Learn more at pikeplacemarket.edublogs.org and pikeplacemarket.org/education.