Grow a School Garden

This month in many parts of the country, elementary students will be starting gardens at their schools. School gardening has become more popular as teachers and parents realize the benefits to learning that this hands-on education offers. Now major corporations are also getting involved.

The Hilton Garden Inn is a chain of almost 200 hotels in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Three years ago they wanted to have some type of community service project in each community where they have a hotel. They hit upon the idea of each hotel sponsoring a school garden in their community. They formed a partnership National Gardening Association to develop this community outreach program to teach children about the many facets of gardening and its importance to the global environment.

Three years later more than half of the hotels are participating in the program. The Hilton Garden Inn School Garden Education Program provides guidance and knowledge to educators and hotel team members alike on how to create a successful indoor or outdoor garden learning experience. By using a hands-on approach to grow their school garden, students have the opportunity to learn about school subjects, such as science, math, and social studies, in a fun way.

For more on this innovative program, go to the Hilton Garden Inn Web site at:

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