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Highland Elementary competes for a garden grant


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  • Lynda Jordan/Mesa Public Schools

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Second-graders in Amy DeLong’s class at Highland Elementary are in the running for up to $20,000 to create an organic garden. Vote daily April 1-21 on the Seeds of Change website.

Seeds of Change will award $190,000 in garden grants to schools and communities nationwide. Amy DeLong’s second-graders at Highland Elementary will win $10,000 to $20,000, if they garner enough votes electronically.

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Second-graders in Amy DeLong’s class at Highland Elementary are in the running for up to $20,000 to create an organic garden. Vote daily April 1-21 on the Seeds of Change website. Photo courtesy of Mesa Public Schools

Vote daily April 1-21

The voting period at Seeds of Change spans April 1-21. Supporters may vote once a day. Click the “Voting Gallery,” and enter “Highland” in the search. Winners will be announced May 5.

Grant proposals address the question, “How would you use this grant to help your community?”

Read the grant proposal

We want to bring together the community, including students from diverse backgrounds and their families, to collaboratively build a garden at our school.

We will beautify an unused part of our school grounds. This area is already fenced, close to water and shade, and will accommodate approximately 20 4-foot by 8-foot raised beds. Students will learn how a seed grows into a plant, how to compost using leftover food from the cafeteria, and how the climate in our area affects what will grow well here.

We will use organic seeds and methods to produce fresh, healthy food that will be shared with our students’ families, especially those participating in the Arizona Brainfood program. Student participation will lead to healthier eating habits as they take pride in the foods they have nurtured and produced. We want to make this a sustainable garden for many years to come.

Please vote daily to help Highland students bring their dream to fruition.