Union County Plant a Seed Initiative
During the months of September and October,the students were very busy upon the start of our school year tending to our new garden. The pictures show them happily harvesting the ripened vegetables and caring for the plants. This project taught our students many aspects of caring for a garden as well as the entire growth process of seeds flourishing into plants that provide food for us to eat. We yielded enough produce to share with the classrooms and we donated a bag of vegetables to the First Baptist Church on Union Avenue in Elizabeth. The children were especially excited in being a part of feeding people in need. We will soon be closing the boxes and prepping them for next spring.
2018 Union County Kids Dig In! School Grant Program
Congratulations to Donald Stewart School No. 51 for being awarded a grant by the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Thank you to Chairmen, Mr. Sergio Granados and Mr. Alexander Mirabella for awarding our school with the 2018 Union County Kids Dig In! School Grant Program. Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 were eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant. The grants are funded through the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados started this initiative last year as Open Space Chairman to encourage students, school staff and parents to grow healthy produce for students in their own schools and to donate 30 percent of their harvest to local soup kitchens, food pantries, or community residents in need. This experience will have a lasting impact on our youth and encourage giving back to others throughout their lives. Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados has always been of the mindset that we must find ways to help others in need, and Kids Dig In is a perfect example of paying it forward while also learning about agriculture and stewardship of the land. The grant program covers produce gardens including vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, herbs and spices, pollinator-attracting plants and plants for pest management. Gardens must agree to set aside 30% of their harvest for community donation and enroll in Come Grow With Us! a free countywide information and resource sharing network for community gardens.