Cubberley K-8 School and Prisk Elementary School are the latest campuses to benefit from American Heart Association grants supporting heart-healthy gardens. Students from both schools recently built and planted gardens with the help of parents, Heart Association volunteers and school staff.
The students built several raised planters, filling them with soil and seedlings. The two schools were chosen to participate in the Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program, aimed at fighting childhood obesity through healthful eating.
Garden-themed lessons will be integrated into math and science curriculum, and the vegetables will be harvested and eaten by students and staff.
Garden dedication festivities included samplings of healthful foods, courtesy of Long Beach Unified School District Nutrition Services, jump rope sessions and other activities. Prisk’s garden dedication day was combined with a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, complete with readings by The Cat in the Hat. At Cubberley, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster stopped by to help dedicate the new garden.
The Heart Association is teaming with schools across the nation to create the teaching gardens. Signal Hill Elementary School dedicated such a garden last fall.
Learn more at heart.org. Search for Teaching Gardens.