GENESEE COUNTY — At its March 26 regular meeting, the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) Board of Education received the 2012 Certificate of Honorable Mention from the Keep Genesee County Beautiful organization for its Health, Safety and Nutrition Services’ Healthy Garden Project.
The Healthy Gardens Project involves schools in Atherton, Bendle, Mt. Morris, and Westwood Heights school districts and is underwritten by a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation. The goals of the program are to encourage students to seek healthy lifestyles, improve school health, and influence school policy. This program encourages recycling, greenhouse utilization, and the rejuvenation of school courtyards. School projects have included the cntinuation and expansion of recycling efforts, the rejuvenation of greenhouses, and using school gardens as learning environments.
James Yake, the program’s coordinator, accepted the award at the ninth annual 2013 Community Beautification Conference “We all share a common vision – we want to improve and beautify the communities where we live, work and play,” notes Karen West, Director of Keep Genesee County Beautiful. “Neighborhood groups are at the heart of a livable city.
With the right tools, residents can create and sustain clean and beautiful communities. For a community to flourish and survive, all of its members need to be united, no matter how big or small. As someone once said, ‘If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.’” The Healthy Garden Project was one of only 17 honorable mentions countywide.
Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB) is the first affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) in Michigan and is funded by the Ruth Mott Foundation, with the United Way of Genesee County serving as the fiscal sponsor. The mission of KGCB is to encourage, educate and engage the community in the ongoing clean up and beautification of Genesee County. — G.G.