2009 Subaru Adopt A School Garden™ Award

Contact: Michael Metallo
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 123


The Subaru Adopt a School Garden (ASG) Program will award 9 schools in 2009

So. Burlington, VT (March 16, 2009) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the 2009 Subaru Adopt a School Garden Program winners. Funded by a generous grant from Cherry Hill, NJ-based, Subaru of America Foundation, nine schools in southern New Jersey won the Subaru ASG award. "This award will help teachers and children to engage in a successful plant-based educational program and create a hands-on learning environment that teaches, among other things, subjects on sustainability, nutrition, composting, and more," says Mike Metallo, President of NGA.

The nine award recipients will receive technical assistance, horticultural and garden education consultation, a $500 Gift Certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog and $500 in cash funding to help lay the foundation for their garden program.

"Gardening provides hands-on learning experiences that may be difficult to capture in classroom environments," states Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America Foundation. "Learning through doing offers young people opportunities to explore how their actions impact the ecosystem and environment as well as reinforces valuable chemistry, math, and physics lessons. Subaru of America Foundation is proud to partner with the National Gardening Association in supporting school gardening programs in southern New Jersey."

"Funding for school programming is being cut across the county, making it increasingly hard for teachers to employ gardening programs as a tool for teaching," says Mike Metallo of NGA. "Yet, more and more teachers and parents are recognizing that school gardens represent terrific hands-on teaching tools and living laboratories. With help from companies like Subaru, we've created the ASG program to bridge the gap between schools needing funding for garden programs and companies with the resources and desire to support local educational and community youth gardening programs."

Applicants came from elementary, middle, and high schools serving low- to middle-income students in five southern New Jersey counties — Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem — with program plans to use the garden to teach students life skills, reinforce academics, nurture environmental stewardship, and encourage students to make positive choices for themselves and the planet.

The winners are:

1) Sarah Ward Nursery in Newark, NJ

2) Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, NJ

3) B. Bernice Young School in Burlington, NJ

4) Ventnor Elementary School in Ventnor, NJ

5) Forest Hill Elementary School in Camden, NJ

6) Mt. Oliver Seventh Day Adventist School in Camden, NJ

7) Clyde S. Jennings School in Haddon Township, NJ

8) ECO Charter School in Camden, NJ

9) Logan Township Elementary School in Logan Township, NJ

About the Adopt a School Garden® Program

The National Gardening Association's flagship Adopt a School Garden program bridges the gap between schools lacking resources and people with the ability to help. School garden programs boost achievement, cultivate life skills, contribute to healthy lifestyles, and connect kids with nature through hands-on learning. To learn more, visit www.garden.org/asg.

About the National Gardening Association

The nonprofit National Gardening Association promotes gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. For 35 years, NGA has been a leader in plant-based education and garden-industry research. Our programs are valued and praised by educators and communities across America. We offer the Web's largest and most respected library of online gardening resources. Though our strength is in youth gardening, our resources support gardeners of every age and ability. NGA acts as an interactive hub and provides a critical service to educators, supplying them with curriculum, publications, grants, awards, and professional development tools.

Every year NGA serves an estimated 178,000 educators and 10,000 school garden programs through grant programs, educational support materials, and other resources. Our programs have helped an estimated 1.3 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons in schoolyard habitats and community gardens nationwide. With support from corporate sponsors, NGA has distributed more than $3,391,350 to youth garden projects throughout the United States, along with a wealth of free resource materials that empower educators, community leaders, and parents to teach young people effectively. Our primary communication vehicle is the Web and NGA owns one of the largest online repositories of educational youth gardening content in the U.S.

About Subaru of America Foundation

The Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. provides support to nonprofit organizations that enhance the academic learning experience for youth and engages them in the learning process. The foundation awards grants twice annually. Since its inception in 1984, SOAF has donated nearly $6 million to local communities. Visit www.subaru.com for more information about its dedication and drive to improving the communities where Subaru employees live and work.

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