Apr 11, 2016
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The educational garden at Peres Elementary in Richmond has been a valuable tool enriching the lives of more than 500 children ages 4-12, according to the school’s educators.

The school community is asking local residents to vote for the program in an online grant contest. The Seeds of Change Grant Program is giving out grants of $20,000 and $10,000 for gardens receiving the most online votes. To vote, please click here.

The voting period ends April 18. Winners will be announced on or about April 20, with final grant recipients announced May 3.

The “Peres Scholar Garden” allows children to explore and learn about farming, nutrition, the environment and science. Students tend daily to the garden, which grows fresh greens, herbs, veggies and fruits. They also interact with hens.

Every week, a scholar of the week is named and gets to bring home eggs and produce to share with their families.

The garden also provide a respite for traumas and hardships that students face in a low-income community. It “provides an opportunity for experiential learning that our community might not otherwise have,” a Peres educator said.

Photo courtesy of Peres Elementary School.

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.