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School Spotlight: Chapman's Retreat Elementary Schools in Spring Hill, TN

It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are a key factor in creating a healthy lifestyle. According to Harvard School of Public Health, both of these food groups can help lower blood pressure, regulate appetite, and even reduce the risk of certain health conditions; such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. With the economy as it is, it can be difficult to focus on healthy foods, especially when fruits and vegetables can be expensive at times. One school in Spring Hill, Tennessee is hoping to change that with a new project.

Students at Chapman’s Retreat Elementary Schools are giving back to their community by growing fruit and vegetable gardens. Their hope is that by growing these gardens, they will reach out and help the people in their community that are in need. After more than a year of planning, the school took its first step by planting its first seeds a few weeks ago. All of the school’s 722 students took part in planting these gardens. They planted a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs that in total filled 16 garden beds. The process of getting these fruits and vegetables to the people in need will be simple. Over the summer months, all of the items produced in the garden will be donated to the local food pantry in Spring Hill. They will also serve the school’s cafeteria.  Since the students started these gardens, many of the town’s residents have come to volunteer their time and help in any way possible.

This garden has become a great resource and learning experience for students in Spring Hill. They are learning the basics of gardening and what it takes to keep a garden running smoothly. It is teaching them how important fruit and vegetables are for maintaining a well balanced diet. And it also provides a way for students to learn about the art of giving back, and to help make a positive change in the lives of so many hardworking people in need.

* Video from The Tennesean


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