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DirecTV Joins LA’s Promise for Plant Day at John Muir Middle School
On Friday, February 15, over 25 volunteers from DirecTV, gathered at John Muir Middle School to join Garden Club and Health Class students for a day of building planter boxes, tilling soil and planting an organic vegetable and herb garden. With help from the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, volunteers, parents, and LA’s Promise staff, DirecTV worked side by side with the students and teachers of John Muir to help create real life laboratories where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plans, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.
“I grew up in South LA and it feels good to come back and help a school in my old neighborhood make a change,” said Marlon Westby, Analyst, DirecTV. Volunteers worked several campus beautification projects including repainting the gym, refurbishing school benches and trimming trees.
One year ago the American Heart Association planted the schools first Teaching Garden with the help of the Community TeamWorks at Goldman Sachs. Together, John Muir teachers Sylvia Mazariego and Gloria Estrada, along with Teaching Gardens champions have made a special commitment to incorporate this new and exciting approach to good health and nutrition into student education. “We all come from different parts of the city and represent different cultures. When it comes to food it’s a language we all speak, but we know it only from the side of consumption. So for these kids to have the confidence to go into a garden and actually learn the letters of that language and take a step back and be a part of the process of the food community is amazing and they get better at it every week,” said Maya Yaniv, Garden Club Coordinator, American Heart Association Teaching Gardens.
LA’s Promise intends to ensure the Teaching Garden continues to bring diverse volunteers together, engaging students in hands–on experiments and activities that benefit their overall health.