Michael Metallo National Gardening Association (800) 538-7476, ext.123 e-mail: [email protected],
Heather Ward Subaru of America, Inc. 856-488-5093 [email protected]
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES A NEW AWARD PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS
The Subaru Adopt a School Garden Program will award 9 schools in 2009
So. Burlington, VT (January 5, 2009) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the 2009 Subaru Adopt a School Garden Program. Funded by a generous grant from the Subaru of America Foundation, Inc., nine schools in southern New Jersey will be selected to receive technical assistance, horticultural and garden education consultation, and $1,000 in materials and funding to lay the foundation for their garden program.
"The Subaru Adopt a School Garden Program is a natural fit for Subaru, given its dedication and commitment to environmental initiatives," said Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. 'Providing our youth with opportunities to explore and learn about the importance of being environmental stewards is a key priority in our philanthropic activities."
"There is no doubt that gardens are powerful educational tools, providing opportunities for children to experience the natural world as they develop academic skills and gain first-hand knowledge that leads to healthy and sustainable lifestyles," says Mike Metallo, president of the National Gardening Association. "We have a responsibility to our children to give them opportunities to engage with nature in a safe setting. School gardening programs can help children understand where their food comes from, what impact their decisions have on the world's resources and the world's climate, and how they can live sustainability. This makes garden programs so important for young people."
Elementary, middle, and high schools serving low to middle income students located in the following southern New Jersey counties are eligible: Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties, with preference given to Burlington and Camden Counties. Educators should be planning to use the garden to teach students life skills, reinforce academics, develop environmental stewardship, and encourage students to make positive choices for themselves and the planet. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2009, and award winners will be announced by March 1, 2009. For full details and to download an application, please visit http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants.asp
About the "Adopt a School Garden" Program
The National Gardening Association's flagship adoption program, the 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
Founded in 1973, National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning, information-rich Web sites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit www.kidsgardening.org.
About Subaru of America Foundation
The Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. provides support to non-profit organizations that enhance the academic learning experience for youth and engages them in the learning process. The foundation awards grants twice annually, in the spring and the fall. 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.###