Hillcrest School principal talks about the benefits of new school garden

Tammy Becker, principal of Hillcrest Elementary School, talked about the benefits of the school's new garden at its groundbreaking Saturday morning.

Becker joined more than 20 parents, kids, and community volunteers digging beds and spreading mulch and compost to prepare for planting.

In this video, she talks about the international focus of the produce that will be planted. Hillcrest is one of two ESL (English as a Second Language) schools in the Lawrence school district. Students from many countires attend the school.

The Merc, LEAP partner with Hillcrest, and the Community Mercantile Education Foundation are project partners. The garden is part of the "Growing Food, Growing Health" program which began last year at West Junior High School. Sunset Hill Elementary is also getting a new garden as part of the partnership.

The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation provided partial funding for the project.

The garden, one of many sprouting in Douglas County, supports LiveWell Lawrence's goal of improving children's nutrition teaching kids how to grow and enjoy fresh, local food.

Tagged: Douglas County Community Foundation, Hillcrest Elementary, Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund, school gardens, Tammy Becker

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