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Preschool Garden Grants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Ask young children, who garden what they like about it, and you'll get a lot of different answers, but the main message is, "Gardening is fun!" It gets them outdoors, gives them an outlet for their energy, and lets them participate in creating something beautiful that they can feel proud of. Plus, they actually like to eat the vegetables they grow!

A child's early years are a crucial time of development, and preschool education can significantly influence the rest of their lives. Gardening is a hands-on project that allows children to explore at their own pace and engage in age-appropriate experiential learning. Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! is sponsoring this award to give more children these valuable opportunities.

Eligibility requirements: The grants are open to organizations offering structured programs in settings such as preschools, day care centers, and Head Start programs. Applicants must plan to garden with a group of at least 10 children aged 3 to 5 during 2008.

Award Packages: 75 winners will each receive an assortment of garden tools and garden- and nature-oriented teaching materials valued at $1,000, including a Link-a-Bord Raised Bed Kit, a GrowLab Compact Light Garden, a WormLab with worms, a Deluxe Seed-Starting Kit, a Butterfly Observation Habitat, and much more, plus a Wubbzy gardening activity guide for teachers.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008.

Notification: Applicants will receive notification regarding award status via e-mail by April 10, 2008.

Download Application >>>

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