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Wellington Heights SS community garden project to connect youth and seniors

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2018


GUELPH, Ontario – Wellington Heights Secondary School has broken ground on a new project that will connect high school students with seniors in the community.

On May 23, the school will host a celebration to kick off “The Truth About Youth” community garden project. The project is an initiative of the Alternative Education Program at WHSS.

The group of students has already had an amazing year engaging with community members by doing things for others including raking leaves, picking up branches, mulching gardens and shoveling fire hydrants. During a visit the students made to a local seniors home, some of the residents mentioned that they wished they had a place to grow vegetables. It was at that moment that the WHSS community garden project was born.

The garden will feature multiple raised beds on the school grounds and food grown in the garden will be shared with the local food bank, school programs and community growers. The project tackles a variety of issues, ranging from food insecurity to environmental sustainability, while connecting youth and community members in a meaningful way.

The project has already received incredible support from the local businesses and the Horticultural Society. Project sponsors include the Township of Wellington North Council, Kindred Credit Union, Scotiabank, All Treat Farms, Reeves Construction, and the UGDSB Community Connected Experiential Learning Fund. At the May 23 celebration, students, staff and community members will be present to officially launch the project.

EVENT DETAILS:

Media are invited to attend.

About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves approximately 34,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 3,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.

Learn, Lead, Inspire…Together

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Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
heather.loney@ugdsb.on.ca

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764
megan.sicoli@ugdsb.on.ca

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