Receiving the Coles Junior Landcare Garden grant has Freestone State School students (back from left) Tom Ramsey, Hannah Briggs, Bethany, Christian and Jessica Mauch, Victoria Watson and (front) Jayden Taylor excited about their new school vegie garden.
Receiving the Coles Junior Landcare Garden grant has Freestone State School students (back from left) Tom Ramsey, Hannah Briggs, Bethany, Christian and Jessica Mauch, Victoria Watson and (front) Jayden Taylor excited about their new school vegie garden. Linden Morris

Kids learn healthy habits

GARDENING is their game and food production is their aim.

Freestone State School has received a $1000 Coles Junior Landcare Garden grant to help with the development of its school garden project.

Teaching principal Laura Watson said the school had big plans for the money.

"Our plan is to plant fruit trees and a vegetable garden," she said.

"We are putting the new garden under the framework of Healthy Habits and what we are trying to do is show the children how they can grow things and then make them into things like salads.

"We have also applied for a grant for a kitchen and if that comes through we will be able to incorporate the two together so we can further show the kids how relatively easy it is to grow and cook a healthy meal.

"We hope they will be able to enjoy this as a fortnightly activity and learn appropriate table interactions while they eat together as well."

Bi-Lo Warwick store manager Ray Jordan said Bi-Lo was proud to sponsor the garden grants program and was thrilled the initiative had remained popular.

"The garden grants program is invaluable to the schools that receive it and it is wonderful to be involved in such a unique program, with such tangible benefits," Mr Jordan said.

Freestone State School is one of 1400 schools across Australia to have received a grant since the program began in 2008.



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