Move over you ubiquitous cafeteria tater tots. There's a new food now gunning for "most popular" this year, and I give my full fledged support. Jamba Juice and The National Gardening Association have joined forces for "It's All About The Fruit," a grant that brings Mother Nature and all her deliciousness back into schools and children's lives by providing fruit trees and lessons on nutrition and gardening.
Schools interested in applying for one of twenty $500 grants can learn more about the program by visiting www.kidsgardening.org. Applications are due November 29, 2010 with winners being announced in January 2011. Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit tree activities in curriculum, and the ability to sustain the program over multiple years.
Like math and science, nutrition and health can finally be a part of a school's curriculum. Hopefully we can soon all wave buh-bye to the epidemic known as childhood obesity. And thanks to "It's All About The Fruit," now every student can be a teacher's pet by bringing them an apple!
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