Whole Foods Garden Grant
Hobomock Elementary School is pleased to announce it has received a donation of four (4) ADA accessible garden beds from Pembroke Lowes Store #1758.
The ADA accessible garden beds will be an inclusive opportunity for children of all abilities to observe, discover, and experiment through hands-on learning, garden-based curriculum, and nutrition education. Over 400 students, grades K-6 (including 2 collaborative classrooms), will have regular access to these beds. The food grown in the HES Garden will be brought directly into the cafeteria to be offered as part of the school’s daily lunch program or alternative snack.
These garden beds are the first phase of bringing a larger growing area to the school. With the help of a $3K grant to the HES PTO from Whole Kids Foundation (via Whole Foods Market), HES will break ground in the Spring of 2021 to build a full outdoor educational garden and outdoor classroom, ensuring that the children of HES will spend more time learning outside of the traditional classroom.
“Giving is not just about the donation. It is about working together towards a common goal and creating a focus on activities with a positive outcome. Our Lowe’s associate, Tom Thurbide, created these raised garden beds while thinking about his grandchildren that have attended the Hobomock Elementary School. His granddaughter Maddie is in the first grade. The Lowe’s Pembroke family looks forward to the children of Hobomock Elementary enjoying gardens filled with healthy food choices!” Val Hamton, Lowe’s Pembroke Store Manager
“The ability for our students to “think outside the classroom” is more important than ever. We believe it will positively affect them for the rest of their lives, not only in changing how they think about their food but in how they view school and themselves.” Laura Braga, Parent & Garden Committee Co-Chair.
“ The Harvest at Hobomock will provide an engaging experience, allowing the students to connect to their food and transform their relationship with it, through access to a hands-on edible garden. We are so grateful for this opportunity and to our local partners for seeing it’s significance, even more so now when children have less consistency and normalcy in their days. We hope it’s a real ‘bright spot’.” Danielle Colosimo, Parent & Garden Committee Co-Chair.
“I want to thank Laura and Danielle for working so hard to write the proposal for the grant and for all of the behind the scenes work that they have done to make the garden a reality! The addition of our outdoor garden area will be a wonderful enhancement to our school community and a wonderful place for students to learn math and science content given real-life applications ”. Michael Murphy, Principal.