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Lunt Elementary School crowdfunds a school garden

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Lunt Elementary School crowdfunds a school garden

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Dec 10, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Students at Lunt Elementary school are on a mission. Third grader Mathew wrote letters to potential donors, "I would like a garden because I love fruits."

Fourth grader Nicole did the posters: "Eat healthy, be healthy."

Fourth grader Ronaldo is a member of the garden club. "The garden is going to be right here. But first we have to clean it up."

The kids have dreams of a garden big enough to dig, plant, and harvest and perfect, their principal says, to learn in, "Kids love it. And we want to have experiences for our children where they can use their language. The best way to get kids talking is to have them doing something. What it feels like, smells like, looks like, take notes, measure, all the elements of basic skills in a hands on project."

These garden projects are already working in a number of valley schools that have partnered with the group "Create a Change Now."

They help with crowdfund the garden. They help build the garden. But they also bring chefs into schools to show the kids how to cook with their healthy food. They offer nutrition education and an after school garden club as well.

It costs about $8,000 to fund the program for a full two years. Money that will help these children and hundreds of their friends.

Create a change now also partners local businesses with the schools. And Rachel's kitchen Ogden downtown just adopted Lunt. So their chefs will come to the school when the garden is harvested to show the kids how to cook with the foods they are growing.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.