Grant helps Bridges students grow produce to share with their families

The goal for students at Bridges Community Academy is to grow produce to share with their families and the community, and with a $2,000 grant the students are able to do just that.

David Pawsey, of the food service and transportation departments at Bridges, applied for the grant in the fall through the Whole Kids Foundation. The foundation helps to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.

“This is a wonderful way to get fresh produce,” Pawsey said.

Pawsey said about 95 percent of Bridges students are part of the free and reduced-cost meals program.

“We wanted a way to help them,” he said.

The garden is to consist of tomatoes, onions, leaks, watermelons, herbs and spices and more.

“I hope students learn the importance of gardening,” Pawsey said.

Pawsey said Bridges also has a seed saver program. With the leftover seeds, students can take them home and start a garden of their own, he said.

Fifth-grader James Vanderhoff said it is nice to get the grant to plant seeds.

“It is going to be fun watching the vegetables sprout up and grow,” Vanderhoff said.

For more information about the grant, visit wholekidsfoundation.org.