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Kegonsa Elementary awarded a school garden grant

Release Date: April 22, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Wieman - 608.442.3765 jennifer.wieman@wismed.org

Madison (April 22, 2015)—The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to announce that Kegonsa Elementary School in Stoughton, Wisconsin, received $1,400 through its school garden grant program and the generous sponsorship of Dean & St. Mary’s.

“Dean & St. Mary’s are thrilled to be able to help support a garden at Kegonsa Elementary School,” said Stewart Watson, MD, Dean Clinic president and CEO. “We know that fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of keeping kids healthy. In addition to the health benefits associated with fresh foods, we know that spending time outside in nature has both mental and physical health benefits for children. The sponsorship of this grant fits well with our mission to get kids outside to enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer.”

Funds provided through this grant will double the size of Kegonsa’s existing garden, tripling the planting area and enabling multiple classes to use the space at once. In addition to providing fresh, nutritious food to the students, the garden will produce over 300 pounds of food for the Stoughton Food Pantry during the summer months.

“It takes a strong partnership between school, family and community to educate our students; this donation is the community piece that completes the partnership circle,” said Stoughton District Administrator Tim Onsager, EdD.

Kegonsa Elementary is one of 14 schools in Wisconsin that received a grant from the Foundation for new or expanding school garden programs in 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website at wisconsinmedicalsocietyfoundation.org for a complete list of all the 2015 grant recipients.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation was chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization that works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education.

With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.