This year, through Create a Change Now, we’re donating funds for an outdoor edible desert garden and Healthy School, Healthy Life programs to JM Ullom Elementary School a school with some of the lowest test scores in the district, and in need of the most help. Tournament proceeds will go beyond the garden into the Healthy School, Healthy Life programs for the next three years.
Create a Change Now is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to educating and empowering children and their families by providing the resources needed to fight childhood obesity and related diseases to live happier, healthier, more productive lives.
We accomplish our mission by adopting an at-risk elementary school then starting from the ground up by installing an Edible Desert Garden and using it as hub around which we plant seeds of change throughout each school and within each child with our Healthy School, Healthy Life program including:
Edible Desert Gardens – Planting edible gardens provides hands-on learning and nutrition education from the ground up for the students.
Garden Club – Establishing a Garden Club in the school creates support from the parents, students, and administration and community members to educate the students and their families on nutrition and garden education.
Chefs in Schools – Our chef demonstrations get kids hands-on with their harvest, provide nutrition education and teach healthy lifestyles the students can bring home to their families.
Fitness Programs – Exposing children to positive psychology provides opportunities for youth through fitness related activities, nutritional information and various other components of living a healthy, active lifestyle through daily physical activity.
The program is designed to go well beyond the classroom to grow leadership and cooperation skills; practice in delayed gratification; opportunities to increase self-esteem and build on visible success.