Ribbon Cutting, 5pm Aug. 22nd
August 09, 2016
School receives a grant from Whole Kids Foundation with the aim to improve children’s nutrition.
Anamosa Middle School has received a grant to build a garden through Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program, which created a partnership with FoodCorps to help school and organizations grow kids’ relationships with food through gardening. The Foundation has extended over $7.2 million in grant funds to over 3,600 schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada which supports a broad range of projects including raised bed garden construction, vertical gardens, outdoor classroom projects, composting and rainwater collection.
The Anamosa Garden Grant was written by Sheila Ferrell and accepted last spring by Principal Vaughn and a few teachers who valued the effort and vision of it’s author. Since then, six, 8 x 4 raised boxes were constructed by our very own Industrial Arts Teacher, Ron Timp. After that, dirt was delivered, supplies were purchased, and starter plants were donated through Theisen’s and planted on the very last day of school. Over the summer, a small cadre of staff members supervised the progress of the garden so that by fall we could have an established garden to interest the students and teachers.
“All has gone as planned and an official ribbon cutting is scheduled at 5:00 before Back to School Night begins on Monday, August 22nd. Please swing by to have a look at what’s growing so far. I am just so excited to see what we have been able to accomplish since last spring. But from this point forward, we must involve the students from the planning, sowing, harvesting, preparing, and eating of their very own fruits and vegetables. We are hoping to instill healthy eating but also a love of green time and less screen time for years to come.” Nowya Rickels, 6th grade Science Teacher
For more information on how to apply for a garden grant and learn about additional Whole Kid’s Foundation programs, visit: wholekidsfoundation.org