" At La Petite Academy, the majority of grant funds are used for gardening, purchasing produce from the farmer’s market, taste testing and nutrition activities.
Wellness Grant Funds
A tour of the La Petite Academy 7554 in Bedford provides insight into how grant funds can enhance wellness education. A resource center in the entry features picture books of visits to the farmers market, making pickles with cucumbers grown in the children’s garden, and books appropriate for preschool children on fruits and vegetables. Children plant indoor herb gardens (cilantro, basil, rosemary). An outdoor garden for spring has been planted along with an annual sunflower garden, and the center actually harvests the sunflower seeds for roasting and next year’s planting. Nutrition activities are displayed throughout the center on bulletin boards. At La Petite Academy, the majority of grant funds are used for gardening, purchasing produce from the farmer’s market, taste testing and nutrition activities.
Education and Outreach
Books, wall art and art supplies supplement gardening and parent involvement. Parents volunteer and receive information about the wellness grant in the center’s monthly newsletter.
The center’s outdoor garden was established before the grant, and the grant helped further the gardening experience. The center plans to continue the garden and emphasize the importance of healthy eating. The indoor herb garden continues to produce herbs for the La Petite Academy’s meals and snacks.