Tacoma elementary schools gifted ‘learning gardens’ from Captain Planet Foundation

Gift includes five raised beds, soil, plants, reading and teaching materials, teacher training, gardening supplies and more.

TACOMA, Wash. — Several Tacoma elementary schools were gifted learning gardens this week by the Captain Planet Foundation after winning the Project Learning Garden Grant competition.

The gift includes five raised beds, soil, plants, reading and teaching materials, teacher training, garden supplies and a mobile cooking wagon. The gardens help children develop interests and an affinity for natural systems, connecting them to their food and developing a palate for fresh fruit and vegetables from an early age. Delta Airlines is a community sponsor for the program.

“The current mission is still to empower and motivate young people to become problem solvers of the planet. We believe school gardens are just one of the tools that can do this,” said project leader Ashley Rouse.

Rachael Sukola, a second grade teacher, said she entered the competition to give her students a boost with outdoor learning opportunities.

“I was a kid growing up on Captain Planet. I had my lunch box in first grade and to be able to come full circle with these guys, we’re so happy!” said Sukola.

Second graders at Roosevelt Elementary School worked with Delta Airlines volunteers on Wednesday to assemble the raised beds, add soil and plant things like tomatoes and beans.

“The kids are getting so much from this learning experience and they’re getting food to take home so it becomes a family discussion and we’re really excited about that and without these partnerships in the community this wouldn’t be possible,” Sukola said.

The Captain Planet Foundation also donated learning gardens to Sheridan Elementary and Helen B. Stafford Elementary in Tacoma.

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