BENEFITING: Firstline Schools, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Firstline Schools, Inc.
In January I will have been a development officer for Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) for 6 years. Yet, I still feel awed by the great mission of the organization, and I remain inspired and impressed by the curiosity and gratitude of our students and parents, as well as the love and creativity of our staff members and faculty. What pushes me to the next level of my own personal philanthropy, however, is the immeasurable generosity of friends and family members who do not see the benefits of our program daily, yet invest in our mission with confidence that we are best enlightened and empowered to carry it forward. External donations ensure that children with limited resources and access to healthy food enjoy creative farm-to-school field trips and seed-to-table family events that reinforce the practice of choosing and cooking well when offered healthy food options. Because of your support, Edible Schoolyard students eat more fresh fruits and vegetables than their peers nationally, and exude confidence and critical thinking in gardens and teaching kitchens across five FirstLine Schools. You rock. Thank you.