2010 Mantis Adopt a School Garden™ Program

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

National Gardening Association announces that 12 schools have been selected for adoption for the 2010 Mantis Adopt a School Garden Program.

So. Burlington, VT (March 10, 2010) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Schiller Grounds Care, Inc., manufacturer of Mantis brand gardening products, are pleased to announce the 2010 Mantis Adopt a School Garden Program winners. Funded by a generous grant from Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. (Southampton, PA), 12 schools in the Greater Philadelphia area including Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware areas were selected to participate in the 2010 Mantis ASG Program. "Children learn by doing," says Mike Metallo, President of NGA. "There is no better way to communicate environmental concepts and principles of stewardship than in a garden setting. Each moment is a surprise and a wonder for young people as they transform their book knowledge into experiential understanding of the living world around them. 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."

The 12 award recipients will receive technical assistance, horticultural and garden education consultation, a $600 ASG Indoor or Outdoor Kit. The Kits each contain tools and materials that focus on the nutrition and/or sustainability preference. "Horticultural science feeds the curiosity in all of us,″ states Linda Beattie, Donations Coordinator at Schiller Grounds Care. ″Through a school gardening program, students will learn how flowers grow and where fruits and vegetables come from, but in reality these are valuable lessons in our ecosystem, the environment, our climate, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and much, much more. Gardening feeds the mind, body, and spirit unlike any other subject of study and we are excited to team up with the National Gardening Association in bringing these integral life-cycle lessons to schools in the tri-state area."

"The disparity between the public's attitude toward school gardening programs and its awareness of existing programs is startling," says Mike Metallo, President of NGA. "It signals that NGA has a lot of work to do to raise public awareness of the benefits of school gardens. With help from companies like Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. we've created the ASG program to bridge the gap between schools needing funding for their school garden program and those companies having the resources and the desire to support schools and communities with gardening programs. It also illustrates the opportunity all of us have to help gardens become hands-on teaching tools and living laboratories at every school in the country."

Applicants came from elementary, middle, and high schools with garden programs located in the Greater Philadelphia area including Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Preference was given to programs focusing on nutrition and sustainability. The winners are as follows:

1) Archbishop Damiano School in Westville Grove, NJ
2) Culbertson Elementary School in Newtown Square, PA
3) Olney High School- West, 704 in Philadelphia, PA
4) Sarah Starkweather Elementary School in West Chester, PA
5) Forest Oak Elementary School in Newark, DE
6) Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Levittown, PA
7) Hillcrest Elementary School in Holland, PA
8) Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, DE
9) Clara Barton School in Philadelphia, PA
10) St. Helena School in Blue Bell, PA
11) Watson T. Comly Elementary Philadelphia PA
12) Williamstown Middle School in Williamstown, 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 who have 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 http://assoc.garden.org/ag/asg/.

About the National Gardening Association

National Gardening Association (South Burlington, VT) promotes gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. For 36 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, making us a strong partner. 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. www.kidsgardening.org and www.garden.org

About Mantis

For more than 25 years Mantis has made gardening easier with its famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly tools. Mantis products are available direct from the Southampton, PA factory, via mail-order, and through more than 4,500 equipment dealerships and retailers nationwide. To learn more about Mantis products visit their website at www.mantis.com. Mantis is a registered trademark of Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

About Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. is a U.S. based outdoor equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) with three manufacturing facilities located in Southampton, Pennsylvania, Norfolk, Nebraska and Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. Schiller Grounds Care creates and brings to market a broad variety of landscaping, gardening and turf care equipment for residential and commercial use under the brand names of BOB-CAT, Bunton, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner. To learn more about Schiller Grounds Care and its various brands of power equipment, visit www.schillergc.com.

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