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Jumpstart Oct 25, 2023

Savannah Schools Awarded Grants to Support School Gardening

In the vibrant city of Savannah, Georgia, a school garden movement is growing! Twenty schools have been selected for Big Green Jumpstart Grants, connecting students with the life-changing power of growing food. 

This grant equips schools with a comprehensive Learning Garden kit, including a raised bed and/or a $2,000 cash grant. Funding helps support schools’ garden programming, fostering a deeper connection to growing food. Big Green Learning Garden beds are ADA-accessible, designed for the outdoor classroom, built to last decades, and prime schools for engaging students in hands-on garden education. The inaugural delivery of beds is set for September 2023, and the financial resources can be put to immediate use, nurturing the growth of garden-based education from the get-go.

This initiative is a testament to the impressive school gardening work that’s already thriving in Savannah. Big Green’s collaboration with Savannah Chatham County Public School System and Loop It Up has truly brought this vision to life, a testament to their commitment and leadership.

Calling all educators within the Savannah Chatham County Public School System: let’s keep this Big Green momentum going! Spread the word and get ready for round two of our Jumpstart grants. Get all the details here.

Finally, let’s throw up a high-five for school gardens and congratulate the following schools who have been selected for Jumpstart grants:

  • A.B. Williams
  • Gadsden Elementary 
  • Garden City Elementary School 
  • Georgetown K8 School
  • Godley Station School
  • Haven Elementary School
  • Isle of Hope PK-8
  • JHC Butler Elementary School
  • Lee Roy Myers Middle School
  • Marshpoint Elementary School
  • Pulaski Elementary School
  • Sarah Mill Hodge Elementary School
  • Savannah High School Of Liberal Studies
  • School of Humanities at Juliette Low Elementary School
  • Shuman Elementary School
  • Southwest Elementary
  • Southwest Middle School
  • The Early Learning Center at Henderson E. Formey, Jr. School
  • Virginia L. Heard Elementary
  • Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School

These schools are ready to sow, grow, and reap the benefits of school gardening. Let’s grow together, Savannah! Read more about this partnership from SCCPS and watch Molly Lieberman, founder and executive director of Loop It Up Savannah, speak with the Community Corner about this partnership.