Building Gardens for a Bountiful School YearDecember 12, 2013 Posted by: Brett Maver
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When you work in a bank, it's not often that your day starts with a cheering crowd, but that's what happened to our Irvine team this week. We could get used to that.
As part of SVB's 30th anniversary celebration, we took a day to volunteer at EastShore Elementary where 200 kids greeted us with cheers. Our task was big, and fun. We spent the day preparing the school garden that supplies fruit and veggies for neighboring families and the Second Harvest Food Bank, which is on a mission to eliminate hunger in Orange County.
EastShore serves more than 600 kids who come from really diverse backgrounds. Fun fact: there are 16 different languages spoken by English learners at the school.
The energy from both students and our team was electric, which allowed us the opportunity to connect with children and help them better understand where the food on their dinner table comes from and the importance of sustainability. Although the work was hard, the children kept us motivated with watermelon and other treats throughout the work day.
More than 20 SVBers, family members and friends spent the day staining and building raised bed gardens, digging, amending the soil, and assisting in planting a variety of citrus trees, vegetables and flowers that will be harvested and donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in the coming months. Additionally, we planted painted and decorated pots that would be distributed to teachers' classrooms to beautify the school and welcome everyone to the New Year.
As a team, we were really excited to help out in our community and to do something as meaningful as this work. The benefits of garden-based learning are numerous according to research by UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools. Not only are children more likely to eat the healthy fruits and vegetables from their gardens, but the hands-on activity strengthens life and social skills, self-esteem, and academic performance through an integrated approach to learning various subjects.
We want to wish EastShore Elementary a wonderful – and fruitful – school year!
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