An animated environmentalist is helping empower kids to take care of the world around them. The Captain Planet Foundation grant sponsored a hands-on lesson Tuesday about organic gardening at Martin Bluff in Gautier.
The 2nd graders are growing a lot of fresh flowers and vegetables including Purple Mums, peas and carrots seeds. And they're doing it without using pesticides or other chemicals.
"You are going to sprinkle them on there like fairy dust and they are going to grow into carrots," a teacher said to her student.
Youth Villages and the Captain Planet Foundation teamed up to sponsor this Gardens In The Gulf project.
"Captain Planet was a cartoon that ran for over six years back in the 90s," Captain Planet Foundation Executive director Leesa Carter said. "Part of the learning garden's program is the integration of lessons into common core curriculum. So, children can come out and learn math in the garden, they can learn different science concepts in the garden; they can learn different language and history concepts in the garden."
The new garden of fresh vegetables and plants also promotes healthy living and eating at Martin Bluff Elementary.
"It is great to show kids where their food comes from, and it teaches sustainable healthy habits that some kids have never been exposed to," said Youth Villages Executive Director Katja Russell.
Organizers hope these 2nd graders take the garden growing lesson back to their homes, so more families will join Captain Planet's movement and invest in a healthier future.
Captain Planet Foundation and Youth Villages have sponsored two gulf gardens for the Pascagoula School District and helped several families across South Mississippi.
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