Jeffers Hosts the Green Strides Best Practices Tour for Lunch
Federal, state and local officials will be traveling to a select number of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees between mid-August and early October. This year's tour with the theme "Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students" will visit Minnesota awardees on September 23rd and 24th. Jeffers Foundation is honored to host a lunch for the Tour participants at the Dodge Nature Center on September 23rd.
Dodge Nature Center
Jeffers Foundation has had direct and long term synergistic relationships with many of the Minnesota awardee schools and districts.
On Tuesday the 23rd, the Best Practices Tour will visit: Garlough Environmental Magnet School and Heritage E-STEM Middle School, both in West St Paul.
On Wednesday, the 24th the Tour will visit Waconia Public Schools in Waconia, then go to the Prior Lake Savage Area Schools district and visit Jeffers Pond Elementary and Five Hawks Elementary. The Tour will end with a "listening Session" at the PLSAS District office.
Garlough Environmental Magnet School
School Garden Grants
Fifteen Minnesota schools from Audubon in the northwest to Winona in the southeast were awarded $500 "seed" grants to help them "plant" school gardens. These gardens will serve a population of more than 6500 Minnesota students.
The grants came about as a result of a year-long effort by Jeffers to identify and publish exemplary school garden practices all around the state and encourage other schools to start school gardens. Check out the School Gardens pages for lots of exciting details.
Lake Park/Audubon Elementary