The award is called the “Green Schools Award,” and the schools Grace Garden is a big part of why the school is receiving the platinum level award from the Utah Green Schools Award Program.
"It's incredible, for the school, environment, everything,” said Jennifer Little a Parent at Grace Lutheran. Little says she is very proud of her kids’ school and their effort to educate students on being green.
The go green effort from Grace Lutheran all started after Ashley Willougby, a third grade teacher, applied for a grant with the Whole Kids Foundation."We started the garden two years ago, mostly to teach kids where food comes from and nutrition and things like that so this is just kind of a the icing on the cake,” said Willoughby.
The garden has also allowed the school to give back to the community by donating the food grown in the garden to the Utah Food Bank. Now parents teachers and students are excited about their achievement.
"It means everything. We’re raising our kids today to help them understand that it’s important. We’re doing composting; we’re showing them vegetables and things in our garden on a weekly basis. They go out there and help plant and I think it’s only going to escalate from here,” said Little.
For students learning has been fun, said third grade student Cooper Nicholl. “We’re helping people and that is the best part about it,''said Nicholl.
Grace Lutheran tells ABC 4 Utah they are very excited about the award. The next step is to continue with their efforts and expand the garden and student involvement.