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SOWA Grant Gives Airway Heights Students an Opportunity to Get their Hands Dirty

by Virginia Eader, School’s Out Washington MSW Student Intern

Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights, Northeastern Washington was one of four programs to receive this year’s Healthy Youth Healthy Futures Washington mini-grant. With Spring in the air, students at Sunset have been working hard to build garden beds for the new Community Garden site. The garden will become an ongoing site for the Trailblazer’s afterschool program which will feature hands-on learning activities focused on gardening, science, health and nutrition. The Earth day event on April 22nd, kicked off community-wide excitement for the new garden.

Jeani Struss, the Project Director writes, “We had a great turn out for our Build a Garden day and the garden is complete and ready for planting in Mid-May. The plants are growing in the greenhouse and thriving in some much needed sun this weekend!  We have a lot of great pictures that tell our garden story that I am going to publish in a book to donate to our school library so all will know the history of how our garden came to be. In the meantime, here is a favorite photo of mine.”

Sunset Elementary School Trailblazers After School Program partnered with Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department, Communities in Schools of Spokane County, and Cheney School District for this wonderful community garden project.

This is the third year that School’s Out Washington awarded funds to coalitions, organizations, groups and other collaborative entities through the Healthy Youth, Healthy Futures Washington Mini-Grants.  The purpose of this grant is for communities to work together to raise awareness about the importance of afterschool and youth development programs in supporting healthy behaviors among young people in their communities.

These collaborative efforts rely on solid partnerships between afterschool programs, schools and health entities to work on projects that will address a relevant health issue in their community. In doing so, they will showcase how afterschool and youth development programs are instrumental in supporting healthy youth.

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