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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (October XX, 2014) – Students at Lincoln Elementary ‘dug into’ learning October 24 while laying the groundwork for a new, organic “teaching garden” on campus. They planted seeds and plants for a range of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in 10 donated beds. Funded through a generous grant from the American Heart Association, the garden is designed to provide hands-on lessons on the value of healthy eating habits.
“Nutrition is such a key factor in helping our youngsters maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Lincoln Elementary Principal Tracy Sims. “This program gives them first-hand instruction in how our food is grown, and what it takes to get from the field to their table.”
Beyond learning about a healthy diet, the program also infuses math and science skills, as students will be tasked with measuring soil-to-water ratios and the distance needed between various types of plants. Throughout the year, all 614 students at Lincoln Elementary will also chart and track plant growth. They will also write about their experiences, and learn to prepare foods from various cultures.
In addition to the American Heart Association, other partners in the project include the City of Riviera Beach, The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation. Donations are welcome, and can be made by contacting Lincoln Elementary at (561) 494-1400.
Contact: Tony Theissen