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Whole Foods Market Raises $15,000 For Local Nonprofit, Green Our Planet, To Build School Gardens
Published on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 (2:05 p.m.)LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is disproving the notion that nothing grows in the desert. In the past year, local nonprofit, Green Our Planet, has helped more than 44 schools build outdoor garden classrooms where students are growing their own food and hosting farmers markets and harvest parties that the local community can participate in.
In an effort to support the schools, Whole Foods Market donated 5 percent of all profits made on June 10th, reaching a total of $15,000 that will be used to build school gardens. Green Our Planet’s Co-Founder Ciara Byrne said, “All of us at Green Our Planet are thrilled with this result. Many schools are currently raising money on our website so this money will be used to top off seven or eight different campaigns that are close to finishing. We’ll be able to build those gardens in time for school starting again in the fall.”
Green Our Planet launched its Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in March 2013. Using their online crowdfunding platform, the nonprofit has raised over $300,000 for school gardens since then. The money has been used to install 44 school gardens in the Clark County School District, with the goal of completing 60 gardens by the end of August.
Whole Foods Market has partnered with Green Our Planet and has provided funding for school gardens in addition to hosting and sponsoring several events. The $15,000 Whole Foods raised on June 10th will go directly to the Outdoor Garden Classroom Project.
Keri Moore, marketing director at Whole Foods Market: Henderson, will present the check to Green Our Planet in the coming days. Moore is enthusiastic about the Outdoor Garden Classroom Project as many of the values taught in the gardens align with the mission of Whole Food’s nationwide. “The project encompasses everything Whole Foods stands for,” she said. “We believe not only in the proper nutritional education for students, but also in the education of our customers.”
About Green Our Planet:
Green Our Planet is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded locally and dedicated to educating the public about the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet today. Its goal is to help conserve, protect and improve the environment through funding green projects and through education, which includes STEM, nutrition and conservation education in K-12 Schools. Founded in March, 2013 Green Our Planet has thus far helped fund projects ranging from Outdoor Garden Classrooms in Las Vegas to the installation of solar panels at a homeless shelter in Carson City and to planting thousands of trees in the high Andes of Peru. Visitors can view and donate to current green projects being funded at www.greenourplanet.org or view pictures of Outdoor Garden Classrooms at https://www.flickr.com/photos/101010090@N06