On September 30, Oak View Elementary in Decatur, GA hosted their first American Heart Association’s (AHA) Teaching Garden Plant Day.
That morning, PTA volunteers, teachers, and volunteers from Aetna, our Teaching Gardens sponsor, gathered outside with students as the DJ kicked off the celebration with Pharell's song "Happy."
Oak View Elementary Principal, Rodney Mallory, welcomed the group and spoke about the exciting work ahead. Praising students for their enthusiasm and reminding them to not only work hard in their garden but to be brave enough to try healthy fruits and vegetables like the ones they will grow.
AHA Metro Atlanta VP, Michael Privette, gave rousing remarks, congratulating the school on their beautiful garden and thanking Aetna, our generous sponsor, for providing students and families of Oak View Elementary with this wonderful opportunity. He highlighted how Teaching Gardens can combat the health threat that childhood obesity presents. He also presented gifts to Kim Ellison, Teaching Garden School Champion and Master Gardner, and her associate Frances Bishop for their spectacular efforts.
Joining over 270+ Teaching Gardens nationwide, Pre K – 5th grade students at Oak View Elementary will learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. Garden-themed lessons will teach nutrition, math, science and other subjects all while students have fun in the fresh air and work with their hands.
With one third of U.S. children being classified as overweight or obese, the AHA is fighting this unhealthy trend by giving children access to healthy fruits and vegetables and instilling a lifetime appreciation for healthy foods. The Teaching Gardens is just one excellent way the AHA is working hard to help kids live heart-healthy lives.
For pictures and videos from Plant Day at Oak View Elementary, please visit the American Heart Association's Metro Atlanta Facebook page. Together, we can dramatically change the way America thinks about and consumes food.