New garden to help elementary students, community grow

Two small garden beds in a playground area at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Toledo are the start of what sponsors hope will become a more impactful project.

Volunteers with UPS of Maumee, which sponsored the project, installed the garden beds Tuesday with the help of students. The Northwest Ohio American Heart Association is also a partner for the garden.

Students are planting fall crops such as snap peas, lettuce, and beets. In the spring, UPS will provide the next round of seasonal fruits and vegetables for planting.

Matthew Weigle, a training manager for UPS and one of Tuesday’s volunteers, said while the two 40-inch galvanized planters are a good start, the groups hope to see it grow and encourage students to take the practice to their own back yards.

The program was created using American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines, as well as information from gardening and education experts. The program combines nutrition education with garden-based learning.

Students and staff will maintain the garden and harvest the produce when the time comes. The garden will be worked into classroom curriculum in various ways, Ms. Murray said, including science and nutrition.

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