Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Green Our Planet’s outdoor garden classroom at Desert Oasis High School. Green Our Planet started the Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in Las Vegas in January 2013 with the goal of building outdoor vegetable gardens where students can be taught a variety of subjects, including STEM, health and nutrition education. They currently have over 20 school gardens in Las Vegas.
“Numerous studies have shown that outdoor gardens are an incredibly powerful teaching tool,” said Ciara Byrne, co-CEO and co-founder of Green Our Planet. “It’s a movement sweeping across the U.S. because gardens have been shown to raise student test scores, improve student eating habits and build community around a school.”
“Eco Insurance is committed to dedicating a percentage of our profits to innovative environmental projects across Las Vegas, and with its focus on children, education and greening Vegas, the Outdoor Garden Classroom Program is the ideal feel good, do good partner. We are honored to support the Desert Oasis students and to be a part of educating our youth on how to create a healthy future, ” said Matt Neely, Eco Insurance founder.
The Desert Oasis High School garden is overseen by special needs teacher Jennifer Davis and the Earth Club at Desert Oasis High School. While growing everything from corn to kale, students learn important aspects of science, biology, horticulture, nutrition and teamwork.
Davis explains, “I am very excited about the golf tournament as we have big plans for our school garden. Currently we have 14 beds, and our goal is to build 40, an orchard and eventually a culinary arts building with a kitchen and dining area. We have 300 special needs students at Desert Oasis. Since the students began participating in our gardening program, we’ve noticed very positive changes in self-confidence, attention span and responsibility.”