Date: Mar 03, 2010

IRVINE (March 3, 2010) - Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and Western Growers Foundation Administrator Briana Lewis will be delivering a $1,500 school garden grant, irrigation materials and educator resources to Billy Mitchell Elementary School on Friday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. Principal Lucia Karaptian and first grade teacher Jennifer Briggs will accept the grant and resources at the school’s garden - “Mitchell World of Plants.” Following the presentation, Assemblyman Bradford and Lewis will join Briggs’ first grade class for a planting activity and lesson.

“Currently, children across California and the United States are becoming nutritionally deficient and are suffering from obesity and Type-2 diabetes in record numbers,” said Bradford. “I would like to congratulate Western Growers Foundation on reversing this alarming trend by offering Nutritional Education to students at schools like Billy Mitchell Elementary in Lawndale, as well as others schools throughout our golden state. Our children now have a brighter and healthier tomorrow.”

“It’s always a thrill to connect with the administrators and teachers who recognize the value of school gardens,” said Lewis. “We were able to provide grant funding and resources to nine California schools already this school-year and are looking forward to supporting at least that many more before this school-year lets out. To date, Western Growers Foundation has funded more than 380 school gardens in California. As a result, thousands of children have been exposed to the benefits of gardening, healthy snack alternatives and creative ways to learn everything from language arts to science.”

This event is open to the media. Please contact Western Growers Communications Manager Paul Simonds ( at (949) 885-2257 or (949) 878-6642 for more information.

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