Did you know that up to 50% of local 5th graders aren't proficient in science, according to state testing? Even more alarming, nearly 1 in 5 students have a health risk due based on body composition. School gardens represent a solution that is proven to change lives.
One Cool Earth is excited to announce the launch of our Earth Genius program at 13 elementary schools in the county this year. The program provides a weekly garden coordinator to teach science, nutrition, and environmental stewardship in the garden! Students participate in growing, harvesting, and tastings while completing hands-on science projects linked to Next Generation Science Standards. Two family cooking nights are hosted at each school site as a way to take healthy eating home. Six teacher trainings support increased garden involvement by schools. The program is funded through multiple grants, foundations, and individual donations as well as directly from schools that pay a partial fee for the service based on a sliding scale. One Cool Earth aims to bring thriving school garden programs to all 43 public elementary schools in the county by 2020, bringing together volunteers, funders, and schools to give every child a place to grow.
Volunteers can sign up to help (taste tests, planting, building projects, family cooking nights and MORE) at www.onecoolearth.org/volunteer
There are many ways to donate at http://www.onecoolearth.org/donate-now.html
Find out more about their work at www.onecoolearth.org.