CA Assemblyman Gatto joins WGF at School Garden

Assemblyman Mike Gatto helped students in his district plant their school garden made possible through a grant from Western Growers Foundation on May 20.

The school’s garden features raised, accessible beds built so students in wheelchairs can wheel right up next to them. Glendale Kiwanis Club members as well as children from Monte Vista Elementary, Jewel City Community Day School and Daily High School also helped the students who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities plant fruits and vegetables in the school’s accessible garden.

“Not only will our students be learning how to plant and care for the garden, but this is providing us with an opportunity to bring typically developing peers into the mix so our students can have models and social interactions,” said College View Principal Jay Schwartz.

“Helping our children learn the joys of gardening pays off over their lifetime. It’s an opportunity to be outside, to engage in good ol′ fashioned physical work, and to grow vegetables that are good for them,” Gatto said. “I was so happy to connect College View School to Western Growers so that the students at College View could get this wonderful garden.”

Western Growers Foundation school garden grants help schools in developing and sustaining fruit and vegetable gardens to support nutrition education in California and Arizona. Western Growers Foundation has planted more than 475 schools to date. The funds for College View School garden are made possible by a grant from the Monsanto Fund.

“The students at College View School are very excited about our new garden,” Schwartz says. “We have incorporated gardening and cooking into our program for a long time … We are looking forward to watching our plants turn into things we can cook and eat.”