On The Move
Lexington One schools receive Farm to School grants
Sep 14, 2012
Forts Pond Elementary, Gilbert Primary, Meadow Glen Middle, Pelion Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Pleasant Hill Middle and Red Bank Elementary received grants ranging from $3,000–$5,000.
The program helps local schools feature at least two South Carolina grown produce items as part of the school cafeteria offerings every month. Students even get to experience growing their own produce by establishing gardens with the help of teachers and community volunteers.
The program also supports nutrition and
agriculture education. Teachers receive nutrition and agricultural
standards-based lessons for use in their classrooms. Other activities
supported by grant funds include field trips to South Carolina farms and
taste testings of South Carolina grown produce.
This is the second year that Gilbert Primary and Pelion Elementary have received the grant. Based on their participation in the program last year, Gilbert Primary received a Midlands School Garden award for excellence in school gardening.