Explorer Community School in Redmond wins a greenhouse, grants and prizes
Seattle, Wash., April 15, 2009 — Five elementary schools in the greater Puget Sound area have been awarded greenhouses, $1,500 in funding and other benefits from an alliance supporting education, nutrition and Washington agriculture.
A partnership of the International Greenhouse Company (IGC), the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) and Seattle television station KING 5 was joined this year by PCC Natural Markets to conduct the Kids Are Growing Contest.
This year's winning schools are Graham Hill Elementary School, Seattle; Concordia Lutheran School, Tacoma; Cedarhurst Elementary School, Burien; Rainier Elementary School, Rainier; and Explorer Community School, Redmond. Students at Explorer Community School were informed of their winning efforts at a school assembly on Tuesday, April 14.
"The competition is part of our efforts to educate the public on potatoes — their nutrition, value to the state and what it takes to grow them," said Karen Bonaudi, Potato Commission Assistant Executive Director. Each school receives a greenhouse from the IGC, a $1,000 grant along with educational materials from the WSPC and a $500 gift from PCC Natural Markets.
"PCC is so proud to participate in a contest that strives to improve childhood nutrition and education in our schools, a cause that is right in line with the mission of our Kid Picks program," said Tom Monahan, Marketing Manager with PCC Natural Markets. "We hope that the $500 we provide to each winning school, along with a Kid Picks taste testing event, will aid in each school's continuing educational efforts."
The competition focuses on the urban and suburban area of Puget Sound where students aren't as likely to be exposed to agriculture and may not have backyard gardens, according to Bonaudi.
About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retailer, with annual sales of $133 million and an active membership of nearly 45,000. PCC operates nine locations in the Fremont, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Seward Park, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Edmonds neighborhoods. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com