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Children in the Southport area will have an opportunity to learn about healthy eating, organic foods, vegetable gardening and farmers markets through a one-week summer camp at Southport Elementary.
Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. has received a Learn Serve Grant to work with local educators and community partners to facilitate the “Growing to Learn…Learning to Grow” project.
The grant will provide free services to 40 upcoming third, fourth and fifth-graders and will operate the week of July 19.
Students will participate in field trips to learn about the benefits of composting, vegetable gardening, sale of produce and recycling. They will apply their learning to help expand the existing school garden in the fall.
School vegetable garden projects support students in developing lifelong nutrition and fitness behaviors by bringing diet, nutrition and food preparation directly to students in the garden.
Through hands-on experience, students discover what it takes to get the food they eat to their plate and how the environment affects gardening. Students learn about water conservation, composting, and recycling techniques.
Learn Serve community projects such as the school garden, provide youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.
Learn Serve projects bring partnerships together that are mutually beneficial and address community needs.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Cynthia Tart, CIS Executive Director at 457-3494.