Reina P. Cunningham
The Pineville School Library is currently accepting donations of vegetable seeds for this year’s School Garden to Family Table project. This is the second consecutive year Pineville Independent School District has participated in the project.
The School Garden to Family Table Project received funding through a grant from MicroClinic International, Humana and Citizen Effect.
The primary purpose of the project is to promote healthier lifestyles and lifelong well-being for students and their families.
During the first year, Pineville students, with the help of many community volunteers, built 14 raised bed gardens, conducted research into the process of gardening in the region as well as planted and harvested organic crops.
Once the vegetables were grown, the students donated some of their crops to the local homeless shelter. The school cafeteria prepared the rest of the vegetables so the students could enjoy their hard work.
The second phase of the project will include the construction of greenhouses at the school.
“The plan is to construct two greenhouses,” explained Diane Anderson, K-12 Library Media Specialist. “And then we are going to get our plants started.”
The greenhouse construction project is just another stepping stone in the road to teaching the children about the fruits of their labor. Once the greenhouses are constructed, the next phase will be to apply for another grant to purchase canning equipment.
“I want to teach (the students) how to do their preserving and canning,” said Anderson.
Donations may be dropped off at Pineville Elementary School.
For more information or to volunteer in the garden, contact Diane Anderson at 337-3412 or email@example.com.
Reina P. Cunningham can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 606-248-1010, ext. 205.