Kinder Garden Grant Awarded for HES

Would you want to eat lunch at your child’s school? If you are a Hopewell Elementary child you might answer “yes”.  HES has a new Organic Menu and uses locally sourced ingredients including herbs and veggies grown from the school’s own garden. HES sponsors three different after-school garden clubs and hosts a Farm to School event to further educate students on food, farming and the importance of proper nutrition. The Kindergarten students also have their own garden where they weed, plant and harvest vegetables and herbs and learn important lessons about the plant life cycle. In February and March, Principal Friedrich will sponsor an enrichment program “Top Chef”, giving students from 3rd-5th a friendly cooking competition with local chefs. Food education is front and center at HES.

HES students proudly stand in front of one of the gardens at HES.

HVEF grants help improve gardens like this one where proud HES students stand.

This year, HES was one of three elementary schools to win Kiwi Magazine’s “2015 National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” contest. 250 HES parents joined their children and had lunch outdoors while representatives presented the school’s sustainability efforts, why they wanted to participate and what they would do with the money ($1,000 prize).

HES Students and Parents share lunch outdoors.

HES Students and Parents share lunch outdoors.

The $1,000 Grant permits HES to expand initiatives to partner with local farmers and chefs. HES was one of hundreds of participants who won and it is a great example of the focus that HES has on nutrition and educating students on health and wellness.

Sample Organic Lunch served at HES.

Sample Organic Lunch served at HES.

The Hopewell Valley Educational Foundation (HVEF) recently awarded our Fall Grants to HVRSD educators.   A recent  grant  was approved for  HES teachers Ms. Bradshaw, Ms. Higgins and Ms. Delloiacono to fund an initiative to improve the garden for the Kindgarten classes. “Tools, Plants and Supplies” will be purchased to improve the “Kinder Garden”. With HES moving to a full-day Kindergarten program, teachers have a great opportunity to reintroduce the use the garden into the Kindergarten curriculum to teach anything from sciences to math.

The HVEF is proud to help fund a variety of grants for our school system.  Grants provided by HVEF help to further pave the way for progressive efforts by HES and all the schools in our district.  The HVEF Grants program deadline for Fall has past but educators in are encouraged to apply for 2016 Spring Grants.  The deadline is March 16th.

Congratulations to the Hopewell Elementary School!

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