Just Energy builds Sustainable Gardens for Boston Public School students

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Last month, the Just Energy Foundation kicked off a new partnership with Boston Cares and CitySprouts to bring sustainable gardens and outdoor classrooms to three Boston Public Schools. Join us on September 11th at the McKay School to wrap up our third project!

The gardens and outdoor classrooms represent Just Energy Foundation’s sustainable schoolyard campaign which targets youth education and complements Just Energy’s commitment to investing in the environment while adding value to communities. The outdoor classroom cultivates an opportunity for children, who otherwise would not have the resources, to learn about sustainability hands-on, and the important part they play as stewards of our earth.

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On July 13, volunteers – including teens from Boston Cares’ Learn & Serve program – came out to build garden beds, landscape the grounds and create a seating area at the West Zone Early Education Center in Jamaica Plain, creating new outdoor learning space. A second garden was built on July 24 at the Henderson School in Dorchester, and a third is scheduled for September 11th at the McKay School in East Boston. Volunteers are still needed at the McKay School – Boston Cares members can sign up here, and interested groups can contact Devon Cooke for more information at dcooke@bostoncares.org.

Each of the three sites will be supported by CitySprouts, a local nonprofit that partners with farmers, chefs and restaurants to teach urban students about growing, preparing and eating healthy foods.

“It is absolutely rewarding to be able to get involved in this way” says Kandi Terry, Executive Director of the Just Energy Foundation. “We are privileged to work with Boston Cares to bring these unique, hands-on learning opportunities to students early in their educational journey, and set them up as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. We look forward to pursuing similar sustainable gardens and outdoor learning spaces across more of Just Energy’s markets in the coming months.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at each of the three gardens in September, opening them for the 2017-18 school year.

Interested in getting your company involved in a hands-on service opportunity that makes an impact like this? Learn more about Boston Cares engagement opportunities here, or contact Sara Hamilton at shamilton@bostoncares.org to get started!