June 12, 2006

Toyota Canada sponsors school food garden

Toronto, Ontario – Withrow Avenue Public School in Toronto opened its new vegetable garden located on its school grounds. The food garden is a new initiative that is part of a growing trend on school grounds around the world. Teachers are using the garden as a true outdoor classroom to deliver curriculum to students of all grades – including lessons on plant growth, sustainability, history, math, science, nutrition and health, all through direct, hands-on experiential learning.

“If you ask a student where a carrot comes from, most will tell you ‘the grocery store,'” says Elaine Alexander, principal, Withrow Avenue Public School. “This vegetable garden offers an important life lesson about where food comes from and what it takes to get from seed to table.”

“Toyota Canada and our Dealerships have helped green 715 school grounds
over the past six years, teaching children at an impressionable age how to care for and nurture the environment,” says Kenji Tomikawa, president and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. “This is one of the first school ground food gardens that Toyota is funding, and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

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