NEW YORK, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dedicated to supporting global initiatives to protect the plant universe and biodiversity, Klorane Botanical Foundation, Klorane's corporate foundation, and national nonprofit KidsGardening, leader in the school gardening movement, are proud to announce the winners of the second annual Budding Botanist Grant. Designed to advance the Foundation's mission to share its botanical passion with future generations, the 2019 Grant is sponsored by Klorane Botanical Foundation with a percentage of profits provided by Klorane.
The Budding Botanist Grant Program awarded six grant packages valued at $3000 each in cash and supplies to school educators within low-income schools to provide much-needed resources for creating important learning gardens with their students. Impact reports conducted by KidsGardening reveal that kids who garden show an 86% increase in environmental stewardship.
"The Budding Botanist Grant provides our youngest citizens with the opportunity to value their environment, explore the plant world, and inspires them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems," says KidsGardening Executive Director Helen Rortvedt. "At a time when most children can identify up to 200 logos but are unable to identify plants in their own backyard, garden programs like this are more important than ever."
"Sharing botanical knowledge all around the world, with a particular focus on educating children, is key to the Klorane Botanical Foundation's core mission," says Jacqueline Flam, Chief Marketing Officer, Klorane. "This makes it especially gratifying to support the Budding Botanist Grant Program, a tremendous opportunity to work with these deserving schools in empowering them to bring green spaces back to our cities."
See a 2018 Budding Botanist Grant Winner, Academy for Global Citizenship, Chicago, IL, on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hcAP8FLPSM
The 2019 winning schools were selected by KidsGardening for their commitment to teaching students about environmental sustainability and biodiversity. All have plans to either create a new or expand an existing garden program to provide their young gardeners with the chance to explore their world through real-life, hands-on experiences. The six 2019 Budding Botanist Grant Winners are:
- Knoxville, TN – Spring Hill Elementary School
- Los Banos, CA – R.M. Miano Elementary School
- Albuquerque, NM – Inez Elementary School
- New York – The Renaissance Charter School
- Bridgeport, CT – Waltersville School
- Redford, MI – Thurston High School
All grant recipients become members of the KidsGardening Fellows Program, with opportunities to promote their programs, network with other grant winners and seek personalized guidance from KidsGardening education specialists. With the support of KidsGardening and Klorane Botanical Foundation, each school will host an award celebration and garden project on the following dates: Knoxville, TN, April 24; Los Banos, CA, May 2; Albuquerque, NM, May 7; New York (Jackson Heights), May 14; Bridgeport, CT, May 17; and Redford, MI, May 23.
To further support awareness around the 2019 Budding Botanist Grant, Klorane will launch a dedicated social media program in June 2019.
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS ON THE SIX RECIPIENTS OF THE 2019 BUDDING BOTANIST GRANT, GO TO:
About Klorane Botanical Foundation:
Founded in 1994, Klorane Botanical Foundation is the corporate foundation of Pierre FABRE Laboratories. For 25 years, it has been planting the seeds of botanical passion around the world. The Klorane Botanical Foundation has acted unceasingly to share its botanical passion with future generations through three essential missions: PROTECT plant species under threat, EXPLORE the treasures of the plant world to better understand and protect them, and SHARE our botanical knowledge with the largest number of people, particularly children. Through its commitment to various initiatives, including the Great Green Wall, UNESCO GREEN CITIZENS and Botany for Change, the Klorane Botanical Foundation gives back to plants the place they deserve in our lives and in our cities.
Gardening changes and improves kids' lives, their communities, and the planet. KidsGardening is a leader in the youth gardening movement. They inspire and support garden educators by offering grants, original educational resources, and by cultivating a community of practice. The national nonprofit envisions generations of happier, healthier kids learning in the garden and connecting to nature.
Karen Oliver and Associates
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