At Heinen’s, we believe that healthy eating is more than just a set of individual actions; it’s a way of life.
Since 2018, Heinen’s has partnered with Dole and Captain Planet Foundation to spread the message of hands-on healthy eating by bringing several elementary schools in Cleveland and Chicago their own state-of-the-art learning gardens complete with a schoolyard garden, gardening and lesson supplies and a fully equipped mobile cooking cart, among other tools, for a one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experience.
On Wednesday, May 12th, Gurney Elementary School in South Russell, Ohio was initiated into the local Project Learning Garden community with a special garden celebration.
Representatives from Heinen’s, Dole and Captain Planet Foundation gathered with the students and staff of Gurney Elementary School, along with the Chagrin superintendent, mayor, parents and additional community members, to celebrate the installation of the garden. As a part of the event, several third grade Gurney Elementary students planted fresh vegetables in the new garden beds and had the opportunity to create and taste a fresh green salad complete with a homemade vinaigrette.
The students and staff of Gurney Elementary School will work with the materials provided by Dole, Captain Planet Foundation and Heinen’s, as well as with local Lowe’s Greenhouse, to support curriculum topics beyond hands-on healthy eating such as weather patterns, geometry and biology, proving that the avenues for learning are simply endless.
Click here to learn more about Project Learning Garden.