Chesnut Wins Gardening Grant Just in Time to Fund 3rd Graders’ Presidential Campaign

Anne Marie Walkup, Erika Peltier and Nakailey Jackson for Chesnut President!

These third grade Chesnut Changers want “a bigger garden so the lunch ladies will have fresher food to cook for the kids.” And they are not afraid to get their hands dirty planting it! 2013 F2S if I were pres

Kitchen Gardeners International to the rescue! Today they listed Chesnut Garden as one of their Sow It Forward full grant winners. They must agree with these young ladies that this program is worthy of presidential attention, because they selected Chesnut as one of 50 winners out of 925 applicants from 48 states and 11 countries.

The grant includes $300 cash, $200 garden supply gift card, $55 worth of seeds, a book and one-year subscription to KGI Garden Planner. Thank you KGI!

We plan to use the money to fulfill the wish of fifth grade teacher Timika Howard, who thought of using geometrically shaped raised beds as math teaching tools for area and division. Whether or not they are elected to School President, Ms. Peltier, Ms. Walkup, and Ms. Jackson WILL soon have a bigger Chesnut Garden, where as fifth graders, they will decide what to grow in their new beds. Though they won’t make it into the lunchroom because of county regulations, their crops could certainly become another math lesson, as the students measure quantities in a recipe, for a delicious snack they grew themselves!

3 responses to “Chesnut Wins Gardening Grant Just in Time to Fund 3rd Graders’ Presidential Campaign

  1. So proud of this and such an honor. I am Miss Walkup’s grandmother and a lunchroom worker for 23 years. I think it is great what these young people are doing. I too think this is worthy of presidential attention and good luck. I think Anne Marie Walkup would make a great president of Chestnut.


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