1st Annual Community Event a Great Success!

PictureThe SEF Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all those who participated in this year’s “Dinner and a Movie Night”. We would especially like to thank the approximate 300 attendees who were able to gather with us on Friday evening to enjoy an event filled with food, friendship and an exciting movie, all in support of the foundation and our community.

Thank you to the businesses who added to the success of the event through generous donations – especially Shakey’s Pizza and Super A Foods.

Additionally, the evening would not have been possible without the endless support of our incredibly dedicated group of adult and youth volunteers who continue to inspire us, and of course the endless support received from our district partners at the SGUSD.

We invite you to feel the excitement of celebration and hope of youth and families in our community at our next event!




Voots “Get Kids Growing” Garden Grants Celebrates the 2013 Grand Prize Winner

Washington Elementary School in San Gabriel, Calif. is the grand prize recipient of the Voots Veggie-Fruit Tarts and National Gardening Association’s (NGA) “Get Kids Growing” Garden Grants program. The school was selected as the grand prizewinner out of 650 nationwide applicants and to celebrate their receipt of $2,000 in gardening supplies including raised beds, tools, and more, the school hosted a Voots “Get Kids Growing” gardening event on Thursday, June 27 with Voots Veggie-Fruit Tarts and the NGA.

This patriotic-themed event helped to get kids outside in the sun and interested in learning more about gardening and the value of nutritious fruits and veggies. Students, parents and staff, along with Jessica Mitchell of Pharmavite LLC (makers of Voots supplements) and Mike Metallo, President of the NGA, snacked on nutritious red, white and blue fruits and veggies while participating in gardening activities and learning more about the importance of growing our own food to help the environment and our health and wellness. A healthy yoga session designed for kids also took place and Independence Day decorations themed the event in honor of the upcoming holiday!

About Pharmavite LLC

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About The National Gardening Association

Kidsgardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association. For 40 years, the National Gardening Association (NGA) has been working to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through education gardening programs. As a nonprofit leader in plant-based education, the NGA’s vision is A Garden in Every School®. In support of this goal, NGA provides grants, free educational plant-based materials, and resources that speak to young minds, educators, youth and community organizations, and the general gardening public in five core areas: education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org and www.kidsgardening.org.

Celebrate a Healthy Independence Day—Public Relations Garden Event

National Gardening Association Grand Prize Winner
Celebrate a Healthy Independence Day – Public Relations Garden Event

Location: Washington Elementary School
Washington Community Garden
300 N. San Marino Ave San Gabriel, CA 91775

Date:    Thursday, June 27, 2013
Time:  8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Attendees: All interested families, students, community and media

Washington Elementary School was chosen as the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Voots® “Get Kids Growing” Garden Grant. Washington was selected by the National Gardening Association (NGA) out of a total of 650 applications.  As a grand prize winner, Washington has received over $2,000 in garden tools, supplies and planting funds.

Voots® chose Washington Elementary School because it represents the perfect combination of school, community, and local organizations working together with one goal in mind: to create healthier lifestyles for children in their community. The school was selected by the NGA as the grand prize winner for four main reasons:

  • The high number of students (nearly 50 percent) who receive free or reduced lunch rates
  • The high surrounding community poverty rate (19 percent)
  • The major efforts that have already been implemented to install a garden. The school established raised beds earlier this spring and has a garden class this summer through the San Gabriel Education Foundation (SEF). In addition, students and their families have a place to make a connection to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • This highly motivated school has a high likelihood to continue the garden program for years to come because of strong community support (with assistance and expertise from the Rotary Club of San Gabriel, Canna Co., Neighborhood Garden Exchange, School District, Garden Angels donor group and many more).

Voots® “Get Kids Growing” Gardening Event Summary

To help honor and recognize the educational gardening efforts of Washington Elementary School, and to celebrate their receipt of the grand prize, Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts will help the school host a special “Get Kids Growing” gardening event for students, staff, parents and media to enjoy!

Instead of fireworks, this event will start off with a yoga session in the garden to help students, staff, parents and media work up an appetite for their “fresh from the garden” Independence Day meal.

Immediately following the short yoga session, the school’s staff will serve up a “fresh from the garden” Independence Day meal including recipes made with red, white and blue fruits and veggies that are in season to showcase how gardening is not only a fun activity but one that produces a variety of colorful, delicious and healthy foods that are vital to maintaining our health and wellness.

Jessica Brown, the SEF’s Summer Academy garden instructor will lead a talk throughout this meal, and discuss what is currently growing in the garden, and what the kids learned throughout the program’s “Nutrition & Health Week.” Tom Chan (School principal), Julie Dickerson (NGA) and Jessica Mitchell (Voots) will say a few words about gardening and healthy eating.

There will also be patriotic hats for attendees to wear and mini American flags. The school’s garden will also be decked out in Fourth of July-themed decorations and colors to help honor this national holiday.

The community is welcome to attend this fun-filled event, but we ask that all visitors check in at our office.  Visit us on Facebook at Washington Community Garden San Gabriel or www.washington.sgusd.k12.ca.us

JMS Family Food Night May 16th

JMS Family Food Night is at Shakey’s on May 16, 2013 between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
We’re having a pizza party to get to know one another and to raise money for Jefferson Middle School, so
bring your family and friends and join us!  Shakey’s will donate 25% of the menu price of any food purchase to
PTA (take-out/call-in orders count, too).
866 E Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 285-1215