Watering the seeds of learning at Lynwood Park
More students at Lynwood Park Public School will be able to learn about growing food sustainably following receipt of $5,368 in funding from waste and water management company SUEZ.
The funds will enable the purchase of a rainwater tank for the school’s vegetable garden, where children from Years 2 to 6 are learning valuable lessons about the origins of food while building curriculum-based skills and knowledge in sustainability, the environment and agricultural science.
Anita Manohar, SUEZ C&I Business Development Consultant NSW visited the garden on Tuesday to present the cheque to Lynwood Park Public School Assistant Principal, Mrs Dorothy Dunlop.
“Projects such as this are a great way for the next generation to learn where their food comes from and the importance of using water sustainably, and we are pleased to be part of it,” said Ms Manohar.
“Working together in the garden builds teamwork and skills. Students enjoy the fruits of their labor by preparing nutritious meals from the garden’s produce.”
Mrs Dunlop said the that the addition of a rainwater tank will mean the garden can be watered more efficiently, particularly through the summer months, and be expanded to allow more students to take part in actively nurturing it.
“Already the number of children involved has grown from around 10 to approximately 30, and the garden is only in its second year,” said Mrs Dunlop.
“With a much needed rainwater tank, we hope to be able to help the garden grow big enough that everyone who wants to be involved will have the opportunity.”
Since establishing the SUEZ Community Grants program three years ago, the company has provided more than $400,000 in funding to community organisations across Australia for projects that help communities and the environment thrive.
For more information on the SUEZ Community Grants program or to register to receive information about the next grant round in 2017 visit www.suezcommunitygrants.com.au/.