Invest in Outdoor Learning Gardens & Health

 
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Examining roots in my school garden!
Examining roots in my school garden!

Once again, we would like to thank our dedicated supporters who helped us reach our funding goal for CPF's first-ever Global Giving project, “Invest in Outdoor Learning Gardens & Health."

As you know, funds raised through this project will support the installation of the CPF Learning Gardens Program* at West Manor Elementary and Beecher Hills Elementary, both Title 1 schools in the Atlanta Public School System (APS).

* (In case you didn’t know before now- CPF Learning Gardens include: Installation of 5 raised bed
growing spaces and 1 pollinator habitat, standards-based lessons (grades K-5) to be taught in the garden, all supplies needed to teach lessons, 2-day teacher training workshop, mobile cooking cart, summer garden maintenance program, and volunteer installation day.)

In early August, we reported that we were in a multi-month process of drafting and signing a formal MOU with the Atlanta Public School District that would name CPF as the official ‘Garden Partner’ for the district - way cool right?!  But until this formal contract was approved and signed, we are unable to begin garden installations on school properties. The MOU language was finalized in late August and CPF will begin installations for West Manor and Beecher Hills gardens in late November 2013.

As you now know (if you hadn’t already), this program comes with much more than just a garden installation! That said, we have been making progress in other aspects of the Program as it relates to Beecher Hills and West Manor. The mobile cooking carts and curriculum bins are in our possession and ready to be delivered to the schools (post garden installation). The Teacher Training Workshop for Beecher Hills and West Manor teachers is currently being planned for February of 2014. Finally, beginning at the end of December, CPF will work with Truly Living Well (Urban Gardening Association) and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to begin the interview process for securing interns to manage the Summer Garden Maintenance Program at these 2 schools.

Please stay tuned for our next progress report where you will see photos of the garden installations and deliveries of the mobile cooking carts and curriculum bins to the schools!

From the entire Captain Planet Foundation team, we thank you again for your dedication to our cause and we look forward to reporting new updates in the New Year!

Curriculum Bin stuffing!
Curriculum Bin stuffing!
Mobile Cooking Cart in action!
Mobile Cooking Cart in action!
Learning outside is fun!
Learning outside is fun!

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CPLG Students with Greens!
CPLG Students with Greens!

We would like to thank our dedicated supporters who generously donated to help the Captain Planet Foundation receive a permanent fundraising page on the GlobalGiving website. We have enjoyed our partnership thus far and are making much progress in the “Invest in Outdoor Learning Gardens & Health” project.

As you know, the project posted during the Open Challenge was to support the installation of CPF Learning Gardens at West Manor Elementary School and Beecher Hills Elementary School, both Title 1 schools in the Atlanta Public School System. This fundraiser was part of our larger Captain Planet Learning Gardens (CPLG) Program which will have school gardens in over 100 Metro Atlanta-area elementary schools by the end of 2014. West Manor and Beecher Hills are scheduled to receive their garden installations during the Fall 2013; so please stay tuned for our next progress report to see photos of the garden installation days and teachers participating in the CPF Teacher Training Workshop in October.

In related news, we are excited to report that the summer garden maintenance track of the CPLG is successfully operating for its first full summer and our interns are loving every second of it!  Check out the links below to learn more about who they are, why they are interested in school and urban gardening, and what drives their passion for involving kids in hands-on learning!

THIS JUST IN, on July 3, 2013, our summer garden interns reported the CPLG’s first donation of fresh produce - 14 pounds of organic onions and summer squash! The lucky recipient you wonder? Cobb County’s MUST Ministries which supplies food to local soup kitchens.

From the entire Captain Planet Foundation team, we thank you again for your dedication to our cause and we look forward to reporting our progress in the next few months.

Measuring in the Math Garden!
Measuring in the Math Garden!
Using Garden Produce to Make a Salad!
Using Garden Produce to Make a Salad!

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Organization

Project Leader

Leesa Carter

Atlanta, GA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Invest in Outdoor Learning Gardens & Health