Now through Friday, Feb. 12, Arizona residents can fill out an application online to nominate their favorite K-5 school in the state (located within a 10-mile distance of a Bashas’ or Food City grocery store) for a chance to receive a learning garden for an elementary school at bashas.com or captainplanetfoundation.org/contest/bashas.
Two elementary schools will receive a comprehensive Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden, valued at $3,000. The Learning Garden comes complete with lesson kits, supplies to establish a schoolyard garden, a fully-equipped garden cooking cart, and strategies for garden maintenance.
If a school already has a garden, it is still eligible to be entered for a chance to win a garden expansion package.
The Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins.
“Anything can be taught in the context of the garden, and hands-on learning supports students’ understanding of food and healthy eating,” Captain Planet Foundation Executive Director Leesa Carter stated in a news release. “Captain Planet Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of environmental stewards, and ensuring they are equipped with an understanding of the natural world in which they live.”
The two elementary schools selected to receive learning gardens will be notified at the end of February and announced in March.