CAFF priorities met: Engaging Youth and Young People
Lakeview Community Schools provides a quality education for approximately 900 students in grades K-12. These students come from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, and grow up in different environments. Approximately 40% of these students qualify for free/reduced priced meals.
Lakeview sought the help of the Columbus Area Future Fund in creating a multi-year agricultural STEM project that would provide students with real-life learning experiences, while also improving student nutrition and their ability to make informed choices and build healthy habits.
CAFF granted $10,000 per year for 3 years for the Get Growing Program, which consists of establishing an indoor garden using aquaponics, and outdoor garden and classroom area, and a schoolyard chicken coop. This program will provide educational experiences for students to connect STEM learning to agriculture, increase community awareness and interest in purchasing local foods, and strengthen school/community relationships and collaboration.