Dawson Elementary School is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
Because gardens produce healthier food. Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food students and families need access to.
Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
A True Seed Investment
For as little as $10, you can help a community reap all the benefits a garden has to offer. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500 per garden; to feed, teach, and inspire people in each of these 100 communities. Here are a few things Dawson School garden plans to do with your donations:
Any money that is generated to Dawson will be used on materials for a fence to protect the garden from robbers/intruders, materials for more garden signs, a shed to keep the tools (they are currently being kept under some stairs) garden tools that are size appropriate for my younger students, seeds/plugs for the spring/summer garden, and cooking tools to encourage my in school (in the garden) cooking. My school is in a low-income, high crime neighborhood in Jackson, MS. Therefore, my plan is to make the garden a safe space for children to be in where they can have fun and learn how to garden for themselves! If you have any more questions about the garden or my role, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What I do:I work at Dawson Elementary as a school garden educator. I teach children how to grow foods that they have never seen before, at least never in its natural state!
I get to spend 30 minutes with classes ranging in age from 3-12. I cook with them in the garden making healthy variations of some of their favorite dishes such as Ranch dressing and carrots. The garden is a place where I teach the children about the importance of such things as seed saving, food preservation, as well as the critical need for children to know how to grow their own food and not be dependent on other people's food systems to generate their own produce.
Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to the garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Our socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest organic materials we can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.
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