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Nov. 11,
2016

 

Students,
teachers and families at William McKinley School 39 and Global Preparatory
Academy will join The Kitchen Community (TKC) to build the first of 100
Learning Gardens in the City of Indianapolis.

 

On
Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17, The Kitchen Community will break
ground on the first two Learning Gardens in the greater Indianapolis area,
adding to the 325 gardens already built in schools across the country. TKC has
been working with William McKinley and Global Prep this fall to plan and
envision how the new outdoor classrooms will be integrated into the school
environment.

 

“Indianapolis
is the crossroads of America and the second largest city in America’s
heartland,” said Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen Community. “With the
generous support of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, we are able to start
building Learning Gardens in Indy schools.”

 

The
Kitchen Community has been working for the past year to set up a team, create
relationships with partners and work with Indianapolis Public Schools to begin
this initiative. They are working with Gardens of Growth to help build Learning
Gardens on school sites.

 

Learning
Gardens are dynamic outdoor classrooms as well as productive edible
gardens. The Kitchen Community’s programming is designed to help kids dig into
their education; thrive with real, nutritious food; develop healthy habits; and
become active participants in strengthening their communities.

 

“We
are committed to making Indianapolis a thriving community,” said
Rachel Simon, a member of the Board of Directors at the Herbert Simon Family
Foundation. “TKC brings a commitment to teaching young people where their food
comes from and will make a meaningful impact across all of Marion County. We
are so excited that TKC has joined Indianapolis.”

 

In
the spring, The Kitchen Community plans to open this opportunity to more
schools in Indianapolis Public Schools. Interested schools can apply at www.tkc.org/apply. Priority will be given to
schools applying before December 15, 2016.