Louisville Schools Add Gardening to Agenda

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Monday, November 7, 2011

Along with the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic, students in Jefferson County are learning how to garden.

Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two dozen schools across Louisville are adding gardens to their school grounds. Schools that already maintained gardens can use the funding to expand them.

Jill Costin, nutrition initiatives coordinator for Jefferson County Public Schools, told The Courier-Journal that the money was part of a $7.8 million grant the district received last year to promote nutrition and physical activity.

Fern Creek High School senior Katelyn Ong said many of her classmates don't have a "real connection" to where their food comes from and may not recognize it if it looks different than it normally appears in a grocery store.

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