School gardens -- Take action for a growing movement!
- Dear all,
I volunteer as a school garden teacher ... and I believe that natural school
gardens are one of the best solutions to improve our youth's health,
education and future. I am excited to let you know about an amazing
opportunity this week for you to take action to increase the impact of
school gardens all across America.
That's why I'm urging you to *VOTE THIS WEEK ONLY* *to win a national
campaign for school gardens! *In the 2010 "Ideas for Change in America"
contest, the idea *"Good Food For All Kids: A Garden at Every School" *is
currently competing to win.
PLEASE VOTE NOW* for "Good Food For All Kids: A Garden at Every School" in
the 2010 "Ideas for Change in America" contest.
*Go to http://change.org/ideas to vote for the idea of universal school
There are only TWO days left to vote for a sustainable food future through
school gardens: Voting ends Friday, March 12th! The top 10 ideas are
winners, and after more than one week of voting, "*A Garden at Every School"
* is holding strong in a dead heat for 10th place. In order to win, it's
essential for *EVERYONE* to *VOTE ONCE* in this poll and to advise more
people in your community to participate in this vote! The top 10 ideas will
then be launched as national grassroots campaigns.
*Please vote today and pass along to your friends:
(or a shorter link to pass on):
Please vote for this vision:* "By planting a garden at every school in
America, we will ensure that every young person has the opportunity to
benefit from eating more fresh healthy foods. A well-planned edible
schoolyard can supply a significant portion of a school's daily food needs.
By cultivating a garden together, children learn vital skills in team work,
problem solving, creative planning, and sustainable living. Garden-based
classes are a great way to complement classroom education in many subjects
including biology, botany, ecology, mathematics, nutrition, art, and
writing. Most importantly, gardening is fun for youth! School gardens can
dramatically enliven the learning process by giving students the ability to
connect in a very experiential and hands-on way with the incredible living
world unfolding all around them. The diet of America's youth needs to
improve. Hunger, bad nutrition and obesity among children are leading causes
of health risks and often contribute to poor classroom performance. For all
of these reasons and many more, let's support the vision for a garden
growing at every school in America!"
The originator of this idea for a garden at every school in America is Ethan
Genauer, a 30 year-old school gardening teacher in Washington, DC. The
mission of "School Gardens Across America" is to coalesce a national
"universal school gardening" movement that will plant a large number of new
school gardens across the United States in Spring 2010, leading to a garden
planted at every US school within this decade.
Thanks so much for your vote in the "Ideas for Change in America"
Please forward this on to any other folks who may be interested in
supporting the universal growth of school gardens!
Congratulations for participating in food democracy!
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