Feb 21, 2014 12:39 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Eaton Park Elementary of Abbeville is planting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The Plant Day Celebration included a pep rally and planting with Jerome Puyau, Vermilion Parish Superintendent.
The Eaton Park Teaching Garden was created using American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines as well as information from gardening and education experts. The program combines nutrition education with garden-based learning. It is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. Numerous studies have shown that participating in school garden programs can improve students' attitudes about fruits and vegetables. Eaton Park Elementary staff and students are excited about building a healthier student body, because studies show that kids who are healthy are proven to have higher academic performance.