EMA supports a School Gardens Program, putting edible gardens, which teach about sustainable food and healthy eating habits, in low-income schools. Each garden is mentored by a celebrity on our Young Hollywood Board.
We believe that students don’t just have to learn within the confines of four walls, but that education can take place in a dynamic atmosphere that engages them in a unique and creative fashion. School gardens provide the perfect opportunity to do just that by providing an interdisciplinary and student-centered experience that enriches their learning experience in a “living classroom.”
In many urban areas, children are surrounded by cement and asphalt. The natural environment is behind fences or windows and not available for hands-on exploration. As a result, there is a disconnect between the children and the environment. A recent survey by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom found that more than 60% of children surveyed thought that cotton comes from sheep and that vegetables come from the store. From reading, to science, math, and nutrition everything is possible in the hands-on laboratory of a school garden.
We believe that through television, film and music, the entertainment community has the power to influence the environmental awareness of millions of people. This initial concept set the stage for our 1989 launch and it remains a core EMA tenet today.
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