OUR GOAL: A SCHOOL GARDEN IN EVERY MAJOR CITY IN THE US
In 2016, we expanded our local garden program and launched a nationwide initiative called #GreenMySchool. The initiative brings celebrities back to their hometowns to build organically grown gardens in their very own elementary schools.
Each school will have a celebrity ambassador. Ultimately our vision is to have a school garden program in every city in America, teaching our children the values of eating healthy and planting herbs and vegetables into our precious soil.
HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) launched its Green My School Program (formally titled, EMA School Garden Program) on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood.
The Green My School Program allows children across the country to benefit from shared urban school garden experiences and inspire students to take action on behalf of nature. Students who can leave the confines of a classroom for an outdoor, environmental experience learn more and test higher than other students. They also make healthier food choices in their lives and have greater self-confidence and leadership skills.
We believe that a disconnect from nature, our soil & water systems, and where food comes from is the root cause of many of our modern environmental issues. We hope by getting kids outside and planting vegetables and herbs, we can start to change that disconnect.
Since inception, EMA has directly supported 20 LA school gardens through corporate and public funding and celebrity mentoring via EMA’s Young Hollywood Board and Parent Board.
Please help us put a school garden in every major city in the country!
SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE #GREENMYSCHOOL PROGRAM:
Check out our #GreenMySchool gardens:
186th Street Elementary School
Arts & Services for the Disabled
Brooklyn Early Education Center
Calvert Street Elementary School
Carson Senior High School
Carthay Center Elementary School
Cochran Middle School
Eliot Middle School
Hancock Park Elementary for the Grove Park
Helen Bernstein High School
Heritage Museum of Orange County
Marvin Avenue Elementary School
Metropolitan High School
North Hollywood High School
Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy
Queen Anne Elementary School
Saturn Street Elementary School
University High School
Venice Senior High School
Westminster Avenue Elementary School