Grant to fund new community garden at Hintgen Elementary

LPEF Grant to Help Build Garden

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Kids at one area elementary school will be getting their hands dirty thanks to a new grant.

The La Crosse Public Education Foundation announced its second round of grants for education projects in the district Thursday.

21 grants were awarded in this round, totaling more than $61,000.

One of the grants will help pay for a new school garden project at Hintgen Elementary, which will allow members of the community to come in and use the garden as a teaching experience.

"This is for us to invite presenters to come into our building, like elders, local businesses to come in and really collaborate with our school and our students and really to build a community within the school," said teacher Pahoua Vang.

Vang says the garden will include items from a number of different types of food to help teach kids about other cultures, and give them the skills to live a healthy lifestyle by teaching them about nutrition. She adds getting the kids outside will have a bigger impact than teaching lessons out of a book.

"Hands-on experiences are so important, and to have these hands-on experiences as a learning process, that's how kids really learn best is to have hands-on experiences, to do it themselves and have people teach them how to do it," said Vang.

Teachers hope to get the garden up and running in the fall.

Even with the grant, they're still looking for more donations to help cover the costs of things like seeds and garden tools. If you'd like to help, you can donate on the La Crosse Public Education Foundation's crowdfunding website,

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