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Round Rock Elementary School Students Learn the Value of Growing their Own Food

Mon, 29 May 2017 by Steve Klein

The University of Texas and Round Rock ISD schools have partnered up to create a gardening program for local elementary schools. The program aims to teach kids how to grow and prepare healthy foods while raising awareness about the importance of good nutrition.

The two Round Rock schools, Voight and Callison, are part of the 16 Austin area schools that are participating in the program.

It’s a valuable resource for families looking to establish their new homes. In Georgetown TX, as well as Round Rock and other local communities, families are benefiting from these types of community programs.

Information on nutrition and health helps students develop positive habits that contribute to their long-term wellbeing.

The program reaches out to students from low-income families who may lack the health, nutrition, and gardening resources that are available in other communities.

These schools typically have a higher number of Hispanic students, a population that has seen an increase in obesity risk factors such as diabetes and heart disease.

Teaching students the importance of eating locally grown foods is one of the many ways that the garden program can help establish healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

The new garden program is made possible through funding from the National Institutes of Health and the active participation of the University of Texas’ TX Sprouts program.

So far, the program has seen a growing number of students, teachers, volunteers, and parents plant and maintain school gardens.

The gardens are equipped for presentations and classes that give students additional resources as they learn how to plant, grow, and harvest their own food.  They can see where food comes from and how responsible gardening can support the health of their communities.

Best of all, the program involves younger students, those in grades 3-5, which instills new skills and healthy habits early in life. This increases the likelihood that they’ll carry the lessons they learn for years to come.

Students can also volunteer to have health markers measured and monitored over time. This allows TX Sprouts facilitators to help students see their health improve by tracking their body mass index, blood pressure, height, and weight.

The garden program is an invaluable way for Round Rock ISD students to adopt a healthier lifestyle while learning more about where their food comes from.

It gives parents a chance to learn alongside their kids through classes that are available to them so that they can support and learn from the students. This establishes new health habits among the whole family.

Steve Klein Custom Builder is proud to see these and other programs implemented in local communities. They’re a leading provider of new homes in Georgetown TX as well as Round Rock, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Victoria.

The University of Texas and Round Rock ISD’s partnership in the garden program supports the growth and development of the communities that Steve Klein Custom Builder serves.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can design and build your new home in these communities and take advantage of the ongoing local programs for you and our family, contact Steve Klein Custom Builder today.