P-2073

Garden Boxes in Elem Schools

Description

Financing

Documents

Photos

History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Anchorage

Total Budget: $17,500

Areas of Focus: Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Food/Agriculture: Volunteer Services

Summary: Building raised vegetable garden boxes in four elementary schools in Anchorage, Alaska


One in five children go to school hungry in the Anchorage school district. Four area clubs, including Anchorage South, East, Hillside and Russian Jack, will work together to build raised vegetable garden boxes at four (4) elementary school. This will allow the children to learn how to plant, tend to and harvest vegetables then donate them to Children's Lunchbox program. This program provided 350,024 fresh meals in 2017 to 11 different sites in Anchorage. One school alone, in 2017, provided over 800 pounds of potatoes and carrots from 16 garden boxes, to this organization. The need is huge and working with Ginger Okamoto with Children's Lunchbox, she has asked us to expand the veggies to include onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, sweet potatoes as well as potatoes, carrots and anything else that grows through the summer and can be harvested in the fall when the kids return to school.

We are hopeful that with the donations of pressure treated lumber, soil and veg starts our money will go further and we can provide boxes to more elementary schools. Rotarians will work along side teachers and other volunteers to assemble the garden boxes, first at Abbott Loop Elem. (Principal is Pres Elect Arthur Sosa of Russian Jack club). Then the kids can help add soil and plant the vegetables before June 1st and maintain them over this summer. We can continue to build boxes this fall, fill with soil with the help of the kids (in three other schools) and let them sit over the winter. Then next spring (2019) we can plant in those schools and follow through with them next summer into the fall harvest donating the vegetables to Children's Lunchbox.

Our cost analysis, provided by Jonathan Hornak, project manager for Cornerstone General Contractors, current board member of Beans Café and my son, shows the cost break down for providing boxes for schools with various amount of boxes. Arthur Sosa has requested one box for each classroom (15 boxes) so our total cost would be $4000 for Abbott Loop Elem. Each school may vary because some schools may not have the allotted room for that many boxes nor the faculty or kids to care for them. Each box will cost $584.26 not including the vegetables.

I can email a cost sheet to you as I am unable to attach it to this. Each club will be asking for $2500 from DDF, will be providing $2500 in donated materials or matching funds. Thus the request for $10,000 from DDF for the collaborated projects. Project funds will be used to acquire lumber, soil, vegetable starts and signage at each school. With the assistance of District funds we can create a sustainable project for many years that will feed thousands of children.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Anchorage South

Primary Contact: Amy Mackey-Hornak

Email: sellingalaska@gmail.com

Project Status

Paid
This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Anchorage South (5010)

17-Apr-18

$9,000

$8,500

$17,500

Total

$9,000

$8,500

$17,500

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries

17-Apr-18

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

1-May-18

by Amy Mackey-Hornak

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

1-May-18

by Amy Mackey-Hornak

System Entry: Project signed by Amy Mackey-Hornak.

1-May-18

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Jay Hanson.

23-May-18

by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

23-May-18

by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

23-May-18

by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

23-May-18

by Amy Mackey-Hornak

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

23-May-18

by Amy Mackey-Hornak

System Entry: Project signed by Amy Mackey-Hornak.

24-May-18

by Jay Hanson

System Entry: Project signed by Jay Hanson.

22-Jul-18

by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

22-Jul-18

by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

22-Jul-18

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Amy Mackey-Hornak.

23-Jul-18

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Jay Hanson.

23-Jul-18

by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

8-Aug-18

by Amy Mackey-Hornak

Abbott Loop Elem project~built 7 raised garden boxes, covered with one way cloth, then filled with soil. Great day!

14-Aug-18

by Amy Mackey-Hornak

Springhill Elem garden box completed. We moved 90 yards of topsoil into 3 concrete raised beds for the school. They are so excited for spring so they can plant.

23-Aug-18

by Charlotte G Tharp

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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