On Thursday, Oct. 18, local, state and federal officials, including Congressman Rush Holt, visited Lawrenceville Elementary School.
The dignitaries were on hand to congratulate students and staff on their school’s garden winning second place honors in Edible Jersey Magazine’s inaugural School Garden of the Year contest. Taking part in the competition were 165 schools from throughout the state.
The event was timed to coincide with National Farm to School Month – an initiative, in part, intended to promote health and nutrition education, and also encourage schools to serve to their students fresh vegetables and fruits provided by local farmers.
Lawrenceville Elementary School created its garden and outdoor classroom in 2004, with the help of a variety of community and corporate sponsors.
Speakers included Lawrenceville Elementary School Principal Judith Bronston, Lawrence Township Public Schools Superintendent Crystal Edwards, Terhune Orchards owner and former Lawrence Township mayor Pam Mount, Beth Feehan from the New Jersey Farm to School Network, New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher, and Holt.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s event, students sang “Happy Birthday” to Holt and presented to the congressman an oversized, hand-drawn birthday card.
In addition to the video footage and photographs, full audio of the speakers’ comments can be found in the media box above.