Published March 26, 2015
Today, Meriwest employees participated in a Plant Day at one of our local community partners, Boys & Girls Club.
We partnered with the American Heart Association and their Teaching Gardens program.
The program provides tools, resources, and supplies to local schools and youth organizations to create their own gardens, promoting healthy eating choices among kids across the nation.
We helped the students with planting new vegetables & herbs in their garden. We then moved to the kitchen and helped them prepare Thai wraps, a healthy snack they really enjoyed!
The program is focused on garden-themed lessons that teach nutrition, math, science and other subjects all while having fun in the fresh air and working with your hands. Students learn how to take care of the garden from start to finish, while helping to save the environment.
Studies show that children that grow their own healthy fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat those fruits and vegetables. It was wonderful to see the sense of pride the students felt participating in this hands-on activity, working together as a team and doing something good for not just themselves, but the environment, too!