Edisto and Elloree elementary school were both awarded grants from School Gardening for South Carolina Educators.

Mrs. Sandi Ott, a teacher at Edisto Elementary is very active with an afterschool gardening club. Dr. Derrick James, principal at Elloree Elementary/Middle, formed a group of teachers to do in-school instruction of gardening activities.

Each school received $1,500 in equipment and supplies to set up raised garden beds. Two other schools, High School for Health Professions and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle school are continuing their gardening grant from the previous year. Before students left for the summer, sweet potatoes were planted so that when they return in August, they will be ready to harvest.

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School gardening for SC educators is a horticulture-based training program designed to help South Carolina Educators grow successful gardens to address childhood obesity and improve academic outcomes. The program includes low-cost online training, technical support, hands-on workshops and educational materials to help school and community gardens increase their capacity for gardening with youth. As a part of the grant, schools are given transplants and seeds to plant throughout the school year along with a planting guide calendar.

Clemson Extension offers School Gardening for SC Educators through a partnership with the College of Charleston’s Food Systems Change Initiative with funding provided by The Boeing Company S.C. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about School Gardening for South Carolina Educators, visit www.clemson.edu/extension/school-gardening/index.html

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