Bridging the Gap between Education and Nutrition
On June 13, 2018, the Bridgeton Food Services Department hosted its ribbon cutting for their new greenhouse at Bridgeton High School that was generously donated by Procacci Brothers. Both students and staff are excited to utilize the greenhouse as an outdoor classroom in the 2018-2019 school year. The greenhouse contains a brand new hydroponic system with 540 spaces for the students to grow their own leafy greens, such as kale, bib lettuce, and beet greens. The greenhouse also has 15 grow bags that can be used to grow larger plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, and cucumbers.
In addition, two new gardens were constructed at the West Avenue School and Cherry Street School for the elementary students to use to foster their knowledge of growing their own fruits and vegetables and what good nutrition is. In total over 2500 students were provided with 3024 square feet of new outdoor classroom space in which 30+ different fruits, vegetables, and herbs were planted. Activities and lessons are being planned to help integrate the gardens and greenhouse into the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year and are being funded in part by the New Jersey Healthy Communities Grant. In addition, NJHCN grant funds will be used to promote the School Wellness Policy implementation by staff and awareness by students and parents.
About the Grantee
The Mission of the Bridgeton Public School District is to provide multiple pathways for all students to attain the Common Core State Standards and meet the needs of our diverse student population. All students will be provided with the opportunity and resources to succeed through the creation of state-of-the-art safe learning environments which will ultimately enable all students to graduate from.