Torrington, CT June 17, 2015: Fit Together and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital presented Southwest Elementary School a check for the school’s Nourishing School Gardens Program. The objective is to lay the foundation for sustainable health and wellness programs in Torrington’s Public Schools. The funds will be used for Garden Coordinator stipends, mentoring learning experiences connecting healthy food choices and the health of the community, the environment and the daily lives of students. The Nourishing School Garden Program allows students to participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting and preparing nutritious seasonal produce. Judy Theeb, Southwest Elementary School Principal noted, “As educators we have the opportunity to nurture a child’s curiosity and desire to explore the world. We also have the responsibility to prepare our children for the world of tomorrow. Our composting and gardening initiatives puts the world at their fingertips. So much can be learned and studied in this outdoor lab and we are so excited to begin!”
The $1,500 contribution to Southwest School is the third school Fit Together has helped seed a nourishing school garden program. In December 2014, East and Forbes Schools both received gifts of $1,500 from Fit Together and Litchfield Foods Systems.
According to Carla Angevine, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, ” One of Charlotte Hungerford’s key values is to promote the health of all we serve and believe that partnership with the community is essential to the achievement of shared goals. We encourage education and participation in care to maximize health care outcomes. Helping to fund the Nourishing School Garden program supports our mission and vision for a healthier community.”