The Issue: Children Spend Limited Time Outdoors
On average, children spend six hours each day in front of a computer or television, but less than four minutes a day engaged in outdoor play, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Yet studies have shown that when children increase time spent learning about science and nature, they demonstrate improved cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, and self-discipline, along with reduced symptoms of attention deficit disorder.
The Campaign: Provide Schools or Community Gardens with Garden Mosaics Kits
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then the American Community Gardening Association can distribute Garden Mosaics kits to 10 schools or community gardens across the country. Each additional $50 raised will provide another school or community garden with a Garden Mosaics kit. Garden Mosaics, an internationally recognized interactive science-education program developed by Cornell University, uses gardening, activities, gardener stories, and neighborhood exploration to combine science learning, community action, and multicultural and multigenerational understanding.
Those who donate $20 or more will receive membership to the American Community Gardening Association. Each member receives an annual copy of the Community Greening Review, discounts on conferences and publications, and voting privileges.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
American Community Gardening Association
The American Community Gardening Association strives to increase and enhance community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Its binational network of professionals, volunteers, and supporters of community greening help promote and support all aspects of community gardening, urban forestry, and preservation of open spaces. The association supplies community groups and schools with information and education to boost children's interest in fruits and vegetables and increase their relationship with nature, recognizing that community gardens work to stimulate social interaction, beautify, and promote sustainability.