MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CONTACT: Chi Kim, Principal @ Pt. Dume FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
310.457.9370 24 MAR 2010
POINT DUME MARINE SCIENCE SCHOOL STUDENTS UNITE WITH
HOLLYWOOD STARS, SPORTS HEROES, AND VETERANS TO LAUNCH THE TEACHING GARDEN
– FIRST OF 1,000 SCHOOLS
National Program Utilizes Local Elementary Students to
Advocate for Healthy School Lunches and Battle Obesity
at a Time
INGLEWOOD, CA (March
22, 2010) – On Monday, March 22, entertainment, sports, and culinary stars will
come together to launch the Teaching Garden, a program focused
on nutrition and fitness education for young children, at Kelso Elementary
School in Inglewood, California. The
program was piloted at Malibu’s Point Dume
School, where marine and
environmental sciences are integrated with organic gardening to promote
ecologically sound food and lifestyle choices.
Along with Teaching Garden founder and Hollywood philanthropist Kelly Meyer, professional volleyball
player Gabrielle Reece, LA Laker Derek Fisher, Iron Chef’s Cat Cora and actor Tobey Maguire all were at Kelso Elementary to launch the program
and help students understand the importance of how a few small changes can make
a life saving difference.
Inspired by First Lady
Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign (www.letsmove.gov),
Kelly Meyer created the Teaching Garden to reinforce these ideals
by creating a living laboratory. In this garden, students, through the simple process
of putting a seed into the earth, nurturing it and ultimately harvesting the
food, will learn about efforts and results, delayed gratification and cause and
effect. The ultimate goal: hands-on exploration of life sciences that lead to
one’s positive choices for health and fitness.
The goal for the Teaching Garden is to create a network of 1000
schools within the next two years who will have implemented the program,
sharing curriculum, ideas and communicating with each other. This will occur through a partnership with www.takepart.com, the Social Action Network
of Participant Media. This innovative
partnership will allow participating schools to receive the materials and
curriculum to start the program and connect with other participating
The Farmer-Veteran Coalition (www.farmvetco.org), a team of trained organic farmers, will participate in the Teaching Garden, helping the students
bring the garden to life. The Teaching Garden
has also teamed with GrowingGreat (www.growinggreat.org),
a nonprofit nutrition education organization that will provide a year-long
nutrition curriculum which will support the long-term goals and sustainability
of the Teaching Garden.
The kick-off event for
Teaching Garden at Kelso included a morning nutrition/cooking class
with Iron Chef’s Cat Cora (www.catcoracooks.com),
planting of the organic garden, fitness
demonstration with Kelso’s 700 students by Gabrielle Reece (www.thehoneyline.com)
and a discussion on the importance of nutrition as a an athlete with
Derek Fisher (www.DerekFisher2.com).
Tobey Maguire spoke about healthy food choices and inspired the kids to
activate their own healthy school lunch campaign by writing letters to the
school’s Superintendant and school board. In line with the principles of the Teaching Garden, lunch was provided by
a healthy alternative fast food choice.
from Point Dume Marine
by principal Chi Kim, communicated digitally via Skype with Kelso students. The
interactive session was the start of a pay-it-forward experience as the
children from Point Dume, who have already created their Teaching Garden,
will be able to offer tips and advice to their counterparts at Kelso Elementary
to successfully complete their own.
Point Dume students, Malibu
High School students, and
Point Dume Gardening parent volunteers helped over 700 students plant their
organic garden led by the Farmer Veteran Coalition.
After Kelso’s garden
was complete, the school’s first Smart Board, provided by the Teaching Garden
program, will connect students from partner schools, to compare and contrast
growth patterns in the gardens and share stories about their discoveries on
their journey to growing and eating slow food harvested by their own hands.
Then it will be Kelso’s turn to pay-it-forward, inspiring other schools to stay
active and make better eating choices.
For more information
about Teaching Garden or the March 22nd
event please visit www.takepart.com/teachinggarden.
SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
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