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Schools awarded grants for gardens

Release Date: March 26, 2014
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (March 26, 2014) –The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation recently announced two schools that will receive $4,000 in grants earmarked for the development of school garden programs. The grants, supported by the WEA Trust, were awarded to Horicon Junior and Senior High School in Horicon and Jackson Elementary School in Elkhorn, Wis.

Jackson Elementary will use the funding to develop a new garden, and the Horicon schools will expand their existing program. With the production of natural, whole foods on-site, more nutritious ingredients can be included in student lunch programs, and students are able to share their garden surplus with the community. The gardens also give children a hands-on learning experience to illustrate the basics of good nutrition, encourage active lifestyles and help them develop a sense of ownership and responsibility—important lessons for a healthy life.

“The WEA Trust focuses on promoting health—especially in Wisconsin’s schools,” said WEA Trust President and CEO Mark Moody. “School gardens give students unique experiences, help them learn about healthy eating and encourage them to cultivate our state’s great agricultural tradition in a healthy way.”

Planning for school gardens in these and other communities has already inspired widespread community involvement and spurred participation by parents and local physicians, including those at Aurora Health Care.

“As a physician I am pleased to support Jackson Elementary School in its garden project,” said Aurora Health Care, Elkhorn physician, David Thies, MD. “I believe a project like this will promote healthy eating and good nutrition for the students, and I am hopeful it will influence the rest of the family to eat better.”

A complete list of grant recipients is posted on the Foundation’s website.

WEA Trust is a not-for-profit insurance company in Wisconsin offering health, dental, disability, life and long term care insurance plans. The Trust serves Wisconsin public schools, state health plan members, and local units of government.