Nicholas students show off science knowledge at garden event

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Students at Nicholas Elementary School demonstrated their new garden science curriculum at an event today with SCUSD partners Jamba Juice and GENYOUth.

Jamba Juice and the GENYOUth Foundation have given 14 school grants to SCUSD campuses totaling $36,000. Schools are using the funding to either start gardens or maintain existing ones.

School gardens are becoming increasingly important as outdoor, living science labs where students can study ecosystems, learn about environmental sustainability and examine healthy food choices. 

“We are so grateful to Jamba Juice and GENYOUth for helping students learn to love nature and the wonderful bounty a garden provides,” said Superintendent José L. Banda. “This work helps our students grow with healthy minds and healthy bodies.”

Nicholas Elementary is using its grant funding to purchase and install fencing around the school garden. At today’s event, students analyzed soil samples and teams dug a post hole for the new fence.

“School gardens are an important way for students to be active out of doors and to learn the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables,” said Julie S. Washington, chief marketing and innovation officer for Jamba Juice. “Through gardening, they learn that plants need care and nurturing to grow strong, and they make the connection that their bodies need similar care.”