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April 17, 2007 > Robert Randall Elementary School Named Recipient of School Gardens Grant

Robert Randall Elementary School Named Recipient of School Gardens Grant

Robert Randall Elementary School in Milpitas has been selected as one of 86 schools statewide to participate in the Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) School Gardens Program, a statewide campaign to create or enhance school gardens. This initiative, introduced last year in commemoration of OSH's 75th Anniversary, supports California schools by creating hands-on learning experiences.

Schools were selected from nearly 300 applicants throughout California. Each OSH store will partner with a selected local school and donate up to $1,000 in supplies, plants, tools and other materials, as well as gardening expertise, to help create and maintain the gardens. Schools also will receive curriculum packets, prepared by the California Department of Education, to facilitate successful program implementation in the classroom and in the garden.

OSH selected Robert Randall based on the strength of its school garden curriculum, its school-wide commitment to develop and use the garden, its plan to sustain the garden as a valuable educational tool and the broad involvement of students and staff in the program. These selection criteria were established by OSH in partnership with the California Department of Education.

Promoted by the California Departments of Education and Food & Agriculture as a valuable learning tool, school gardens can be used to teach children lessons in life sciences, reading, history, math and spatial skills. They can also help foster good health as children learn the links between plants, gardening, food and health.

"When we reviewed grant applications, we put a strong emphasis on identifying schools with a plan to create a rich curriculum around the garden- both during its initial development, and in the years to come," said OSH President and CEO Rob Lynch. "Every school we selected for the program demonstrated a commitment to establish a successful and sustainable school garden."

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