Alix Marcoux | Desjardins Group
Some 100 students from St. Isidore Catholic elementary school in Prescott County will be building an organic vegetable garden.
The goal of the project is to teach kids ecological values related to the importance of appreciating food and preventing waste. They'll be more aware of how much work and energy goes into growing good pesticide- and insecticide-free vegetables.
The community will be invited to join them in the various steps of creating the garden. Harvest will be the time to celebrate this wonderful group project.
"We encourage the community and the students to participate so they can be self-sufficient and experience all the steps that will go into building and growing the garden. The young people will be 100% involved. Our school is doing everything we can to raise awareness of various ecological challenges. Having our own gardens will help a lot in achieving that goal, while involving the community," says Nathalie Lévesque, a teacher and member of the eco committee.
She says that a project like this one can also help kids develop persistence: "You really need to keep at it if you want to grow a garden; otherwise, you won't have any vegetables. The students will have to decide what to plant and what to do with the harvest. They'll see that it takes time to grow and they'll realize that vegetables don't actually come from the supermarket."
The school will receive $2,350 for the project as part of the #DesjardinsFoundation Prizes. These awards were designed to support exciting projects for young people that help them build self-esteem and develop self-motivation and encourage them to get involved.
The winning projects, like St. Isidore Catholic elementary school's organic garden, were chosen based on Desjardins Group officer and employee votes.
In Ontario, 10 projects directly affecting 2,462 young people received financial support, for a total of $27,300.