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28 Seeds for Schools grants announced

Date Posted: Jun 24, 2015

Schools in 11 Florida counties will receive wildflower seed grants in the fall through the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s Seeds for Schools program. Grants were awarded to 28 schools, from pre-schools to high schools. The schools are in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Franklin, Lee, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk and Volusia counties. (Please see the list below for participating schools in your area.)

The grants make it possible for students to learn about Florida’s native plant life through wildflowers that have evolved over thousands of years.  
 
Pamela Boye, a speech/language pathologist at Astronaut High School in Brevard County, works in conjunction with classroom teachers on a garden that also serves as therapy for physically and mentally challenged students. "The garden is a perfect vehicle for communication skills, from following directions, to vocabulary, to initiating and maintaining conversations, to, well, you can imagine!  At this time, we use raised and adapted beds for vegetables, herbs and perennial flowers."  
 
The seeds awarded by the Foundation, Boye said, "will be used for the undeveloped entrance to the garden to reclaim and expand our use of the land and practice some new gardening skills and learn new vocabulary. "
 
Farther south, in Broward County, Vincent Newman speaks highly of the McArthur High School's Horticulture Department and its industry-certification program "that tripled the number of recipients over last year. Our students are involved in learning, planting, growing and planting again, along with fertilizing and weeding."
 
Situated on 40 acres, the high school has a nursery, shade house, greenhouse with aquaponics, and, "in another location we have a botanical garden where we plan to plant and cultivate our wildflowers."
 
“Seeds for Schools wildflower gardens are exposing kids all over the state to natural, native Florida by letting them experience its flora and fauna firsthand,” said FWF Executive Director Lisa Roberts. “It’s extremely important that we provide as many such experiences as possible to the future stewards of our environment.”
 
The grant program is made possible by donations received through the State Wildflower license plate.
 
 
2015 Seeds for Schools Grants
 
County
School
Alachua
Santa Fe Little School
Brevard
Holy Name of Jesus
Brevard
Astronaut High School
Brevard
Riviera Elementary
Brevard
St. Teresa Catholic School
Broward
South Plantation High
Broward
Cooper City High School
Broward
Cypress Elementary
Broward
Atlantic West Elementary
Broward
McArthur High School
Broward
Silver Shores Elementary
Broward
Palm Cove Elementary
Broward
Seminole Middle School
Broward
Greater Horizons Academy
Broward
Park Trails Elementary
Broward
Welleby Elementary
Broward
Challenger Elementary School
Broward
Silver Palms Elementary
Broward
The Academy at Griffin Harbor
Franklin
The Nest After School Program
Lee
Fort Myers Middle Academy
Miami-Dade
Howard D. McMillian Middle
Monroe
Gerald Adams Elementary School
Osceola
Gateway High School
Palm Beach
South Olive Elementary
Palm Beach
Golden Grove Elementary School
Polk
Highland Elementary
Volusia
Children's House Montessori School
 

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