Lincoln Elementary School received a $1,000 Let’s Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools Program Grant.
The grant will provide funds for the Lincoln Community Garden, which will begin its second growing season of providing fresh vegetables and fruits for the South Hills Interfaith Movement’s (SHIM) Food Pantry.
Let’s Move Pittsburgh is modeled after former First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Let’s Move! Campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of healthy foods, increased exercise and decreased screen time, and is a program of Phipps Conservatory. The program ultimately seeks to better understand childhood health issues and then tackle them with a unified approach that anyone can follow to meet a common goal.
In addition to purchasing the seeds that will be planted in the garden, the grant will help with costs associated with the Lincoln Garden Club and A Taste of Lincoln programs. Garden Club students will plant and maintain their own container garden with at least one vegetable. In the A Taste of Lincoln program, parents will create a cookbook, taste food prepared using garden produce and work with their children to prepare a garden-centered recipe using between three and five garden ingredients.
The grant application was prepared by Lincoln Librarian Denice Pazuchanics and First Grade Teacher Dawn Douds.