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School garden grants awarded to Prentice School District, Colby Elementary

Release Date: January 30, 2014
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

Madison (January 30, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards to support school garden programs at Colby Elementary in Colby, Wis. and Prentice School District in Prentice, Wis. Colby Elementary will receive $987 and the Prentice School District will receive $2,000. These grants were made possible through generous support from Security Health Plan.

Planning and implementation of these school gardens have inspired widespread community involvement including physicians at Memorial Health Center Clinics and the Colby-Abbotsford Center-Marshfield Clinic. Funds will help create and expand gardens and extend the growing season allowing more food to be provided to the students in the school lunch program and also shared with the community, including those in an assisted living facility. Both schools have impressive plans for integration of the garden into elementary to high school curriculums.

“The battle against childhood obesity is one of the most important health issues facing Wisconsin and the nation,” said Security Health Plan Chief Administrative Officer Steve Youso. “Furthermore, there’s value in learning where our food comes from and what it takes to sustain a garden. We’re hoping these grants will make a positive difference in the health of our children and they will have some fun in their new gardens this summer.”

For a complete list of grant recipients, please visit the Foundation website. 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.