AtlantiCare recognizes the tremendous impact that school gardens can have on children and their community. School gardens provide a wealth of learning experiences as the “outdoor classrooms” enhance and strengthen the learning process, while encouraging healthy eating, physical activity, and connectivity to our natural environment.
To date, AtlantiCare has provided mini-grants to over 36 schools throughout Atlantic, Southern Ocean and Cape May counties to support new school gardens and assist with sustaining existing school gardens.
Preschool children are harvesting and eating carrots grown at their center; elementary school students are preparing meals with spinach, basil and beets; and high school students are learning the numerous health benefits to be derived from eating the plant-based foods which they grew from seeds.
Through these efforts, AtlantiCare has been able to support and promote healthy lifestyle behavior changes to help build healthier school communities one child at a time.
Want to know more about a local school garden? Find a list of participating schools below and links to their garden sites.
*You can also learn more about the Catawba Project in Egg Harbor Township on their website and Facebook page.
Atlantic City High School, Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic City High School East, Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic County Special Services School, Mays Landing, NJ
Bass River Elementary School, Bass River, NJ
Cleary Middle School, Minotoloa, NJ
Dawes Avenue Elementary School, Somers Point, NJ
Eagle Academy, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Egg Harbor City Community School, Egg Harbor City, NJ
Emma C Attales Middle School, Absecon, NJ
*You can also learn more about the Grizzly Garden on their Facebook page, Grizzly Garden.
George Hess Elementary, Mays Landing, NJ
*Find out more about the Schoolyard Garden at their website, Mullica Township Schoolyard Garden.
Ocean City Intermediate School, Ocean City, NJ
Seaview Elementary School
Texas Ave School, Atlantic City, NJ
William Davies Middle School, Mays Landing, NJ