The Muhammad Ali Center, Yum! Brands Foundation and the National Gardening Association (NGA) have revealed the winning programs for the 2011 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant.
Hundreds of applications were received from school programs across the United States and locations around the world. Each demonstrated a commitment to teaching children multicultural respect, nutrition and hunger relief through garden programming. Fifty-five winning programs were selected that exemplified these studies in the garden. Bonnie Plants will supply each program with vegetable and herb plants.
“We are pleased and proud to join the cooperative efforts of the Muhammad Ali Center, Yum! Brands and the National Gardening Association and provide vegetable and herb plants for the establishment of Peace Gardens to consciously cultivate valuable life lessons for our youth in cross cultural consideration, respect and nutrition though the joy, spirit and instrument of gardening,” says Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants.
Winning programs will receive $500 in supplies to establish a garden, including garden bed, child-sized tools and gloves, a composter, an NGA curriculum package and a Peace Garden Curriculum Guide. The items will provide recipients with the necessary tools to either start or continue to engage children and build their knowledge in the garden.
To learn more about gardening with children visit www.kidsgardening.org.