Spring Hill Elementary awarded Seeds of Change Grant!

Spring Hill Elementary awarded Seeds of Change Grant!
SHE_PeasSpring Hill Elementary is one of 12 schools across the US to be awarded a Seeds of Change School Garden grant.  The school will receive funding to help continue their work with SCRATCH Community Gardens, West Virginia State Extension Services, Marshall University, and Cabell County Schools Food Services. 

West Virginia State University Extension Service in conjunction with the Huntington Community Gardens developed the SCRATCH (Sustainable Community Revitalization in Appalachia Through Children’s Hands) Program in 2011.  SCRATCH has made a significant impact at Spring Hill Elementary, highlighting the positive outcome that gardening has on our students.  Not only has SCRATCH implemented the Master Gardener's program with a number of students at SHE, but it has influenced the staff to recognize the effects that gardening has on changing students' relationship with food.  Many students that have been working with SCRATCH for several years are leaders in the school-wide gardening project that is developing. 

The goal of the Spring Hill Elementary SCRATCH Garden is to encourage students and the community to understand the importance of choosing a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables that provide the vitamins and minerals they need for healthy growth.  They further hope to establish a relationship from seed to plate through responsible gardening practices.
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