Adams Elementary wins funding from Silver and Black Give Back

Out of 107 submissions from schools and nonprofits across the city, Adams Elementary is one of 34 teams that was selected by the Spurs organization Silver and Black Give Back to participate in the 2016-2017 Team Up Challenge.

The selected teams attended a kick-off ceremony with the Spurs Coyote and the Silver Dancers at the ATT Center on Nov. 10. Adams Elementary received a $1,347 check for their community project, which involves planting a school garden to promote healthy living and eating.

“The garden project was started on a small scale last year through a small grant that was received by Communities in Schools,” Team Sponsor and Adams Elementary Social Worker Jennifer Montes explained. “This year, the students and Communities in Schools decided they wanted to try to expand the project, so they applied for the Team Up Challenge Grant.”

The team is composed of 10 fourth and fifth grade students who call their project ‘Dig In.’

“The purpose of Dig In is to create a viable school garden that will be established and maintained by the students along with support from Communities in School and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services,” Montes added.

The group will use the harvest from the garden to create a farmer’s market from which the proceeds will be used to reinvest in the garden to create a self-sustaining system.  

The goal is to provide access to fresh vegetables to the community through the farmer’s market which will be run by the students.

Additionally, the team hopes to show their peers how to prepare fresh vegetables in their meals and to educate them about the importance of healthy eating through interactive presentations.

In April, one group will be crowned the 2016-2017 Team Up Challenge MVP and will be awarded and additional $10,000 from Silver and Black Give Back.

Good luck, Adams Elementary!

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