Walpole, MA (PressExposure) January 12, 2010 -- The Green Education Foundation (GEF) is mobilizing schools and youth groups nationwide to plant 10,000 gardens during the Green Thumb Challenge (February 1 - August 31, 2010) - the largest youth gardening initiative in history. In partnership with Lowes and nine of the worldâs largest garden suppliers, GEF has announced the winners of the early registration raffle. Five schools have won sets of 40 IXG Green Packs (eco-friendly kits for kids including organic t-shirts, snack containers and water bottles and reusable shopping bags), and 20 schools and youth groups have won garden starter kits to jumpstart their gardens in the spring. Garden kits include: hand tools and gloves, rakes and hoes, watering cans, steel wheelbarrows, a variety of planters, rain gauges, and vegetable and wildflower seed packets along with canvas bags to carry supplies. Items for the kits were generously donated by Ames True Temper, Central Garden and Pet and Costa Farms. To view raffle winners visit http://www.nationalgreenweek.com.
GEFâs Green Thumb Challenge links gardening and composting to standards-based curriculum across grades and disciplines, and provides straightforward online resources to grow gardens of any size, in flower pots or on vegetable plots. The program aims to connect kids with nature and the joys of gardening while addressing national concerns such as the childhood obesity epidemic and childhood hunger in America. To this end, GEF has established partnerships with organizations and agencies that share commonalities with its mission, including the USDA MyPyramid Alliance.
The Green Thumb Challenge officially launches on Feb. 1 during GEFâs National Green Week, a nationwide school-based sustainability campaign aimed at reducing waste and energy costs by collaborating as a nation around measurable goals. âBy participating in National Green Week, students will learn that simple decisions such as the selection of waste-free snacks and drinks can combat monumental environmental problems,â says Victoria Waters, President and Founder of the Green Education Foundation. âChildren are in the best position to impact the future of our environment by developing green behaviors that become lifelong habits.â
All participants can kick off National Green Week 2010 and the Green Thumb Challenge by participating in the âAdopt-a-Plant for your Classroomâ campaign .NASA Scientists recommend using one house plant for every 100 square feet to help remove toxins and pollutants indoors. O2 for You will provide coupons for 50% savings on indoor plants at Loweâs for all participating classrooms. Register for free at: [http://www.greenthumbchallenge.com]. Additionally, all participants will receive a $10 off $50 purchase from Loweâs, as well as the opportunity to win multiple Green InâAction Awards and a $5,000 grant.
To learn more about National Green Week, visit http://www.nationalgreenweek.org