September 2010 Recipients
Dawson Primary School’s grant will support the ‘Grow, Cook and Eat’ programme which teaches students how to grow and prepare fresh produce.
The $2,046 grant will be used to construct two large vegetable gardens and purchase soil and seeds. Students in years four to six will plant a range of vegetables which will be harvested and prepared for school lunches at a new purpose-built kitchen which is currently being constructed.
“We believe the new garden will be an innovative way to incorporate environmental education into the curriculum and educate children about healthy eating and maintaining our resources,” says Deborah Davies, a teacher at Dawson Primary School. “Learning to produce food has immediate and long-term effects for children and their families.”
The staff at Dawson Primary School are passionate about environmental education and already involve students in maintaining worm farms, rain water collection tanks, compost bins and organic gardens and fruit trees.