Lincoln Elementary School Learning Garden 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.
Lincoln Elementary is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This elementary school is diverse and many of the students are bi-lingual. Gardening allows for a opportunity to participate in an activity that teaches teamwork, patience, an appreciation for nature, and tools to help one become more self-sustainable.
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 our garden plans to do with your donations:
With the support of our community, and generous, local and national grants and funding Lincoln Elementary established a community learning garden last spring. Our students were able to plant, nurture, grow, and eat foods planted by their own hands. Lincoln Elementary is a Title I school with around 90% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. We have about 600 students coming from all over the world, with as many as 20 languages spoken. We believe a ‘living classroom’ can stoke a child’s curiosity, imagination, and thirst for learning as they nurture life from seed to table. Living classroom gardens also offer families a way to participate in school life. Some families, particularly those from other countries, may feel uncomfortable when asked to help out at school because their English skills or educational background do not give them a solid classroom footing. For these families, the living classroom of a garden can be a much more inviting environment in which to engage in their children’s education. Our living classroom garden will link with many core curriculum subjects, including Science, Health, Mathematics, English, and Language Arts. This year, our goal is to enhance our garden program by enlisting a school garden educator to assist teachers in linking the core curriculum with hands-on gardening experience. The person in this role will enable a positive impact on children’s health, nutrition, and academic achievement. Please help Lincoln Elementary bring health, learning, community, and academics to life.
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Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to our 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.