Briarcrest Elementary School receives school garden grant from Whole Kids Foundation to provide students with an edible educational tool

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Briarcrest Elementary receives school garden grant
Photo courtesy Whole Kids Foundation

Briarcrest Elementary School will receive a $2,000 school garden grant through Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, providing an edible educational garden available to the school’s students and staff.

Gardens are becoming an increasingly used educational tool as school gardens are shown to improve children’s behavior and performance at school and improve their attitudes about and appreciate for the environment.

Additionally, only two percent of children eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, but children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and to be more knowledgeable about nutrition.

“We are passionate about providing students with the opportunity to engage in learning outside of classrooms, and educational gardens and bee hives do just that,” said Nona Evans, executive director and president of Whole Kids Foundation. “The joy and gratitude that comes from funding these programs for students never dulls.”

 A Whole Foods Market foundation, Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s health and wellness. Since 2011, the foundation has implemented 4,226 gardens in schools, impacting children in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. There are 10 Whole Foods Market stores in Washington state, including Seattle, Bellevue and Chambers Bay.

Whole Kids Foundation®, a Whole Foods Market foundation, is based in Austin, Texas, and operates as an independent, nonprofit organization. By empowering schools and inspiring families, the Foundation aims to help children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body fueled by nutritious food. More information on the Foundation’s programs here.



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