South Florida is an area where climate change impacts everyday life, and where the built environment collides with the ocean. We believe it’s important to safeguard the earth, our home, for our children and the generations to follow. We also believe that small acts create huge impact, that our daily choices impact what and how products get made, and that love is just as (or more) important than a cell phone ;)
Heal the Planet provides our six week Susty Energy Education (SEED) Project free to public elementary and middle schools, meeting Core Competencies and providing an experiential program for the students and ongoing resources for teachers. We teach the students about plant-based nutrition, exercise, heartfulness, and ecological awareness. We focus on systems thinking and the integral part that each piece plays in the health and well-being of the whole. Another main area of focus in our program is the power of our everyday choices to impact what products get made and how they are produced. We think that educating children about the power of voting with their dollars is one of the most impactful ways we can make a difference.
Since the program's inception in 2014 we have reached over 5,000 students with this empowering and inspiring message about the power that they have to create the world in which they want to live. This fundraiser will allow us to provide these life-altering tools to another 100 students. One of our favorite stories from a student is how after trying a green smoothie in one of our classes she insisted (strenuously) on her mother buying her kale at the grocery store so she could make green smoothies at home! Approximately 70% of the students report trying and liking new fruits and vegetables during our program.
What teachers and administrators are saying about the SEED Project:
“There’s no doubt in my mind that our HANDY youth are better off because of Heal the Planet programming. As you expand capacity through the good work of Rachel and others, I will continue to be your champion.”-Evan J. Goldman, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, HANDY INC.
“The students at Nova Eisenhower Elementary in Davie are lucky with the experience brought by, Heal the Planet, SEED Project. They wait attentively and look forward to the weekly lesson that most are not normally exposed to. This project brings students and teachers together to learn about nutrition, fitness and the importance of each. Students are taught how they can make/have an impact on our world and understand the sustainable resources available to all of us. The hands-on food preparation, lessons and fitness activities are engaging. The room is filled with energy, curiosity and the faces of bright minds ready to absorb the weekly message.”-T. Luck, M.S., 2nd Grade Teacher, Nova Eisenhower Elementary
“I applaud the “SEED Project” from Heal the Planet! Rachel Shapiro brought this program to our school, Sawgrass Elementary, last May, 2016 for six lessons about nutrition and healthy living. It made such a positive impact on both students and parents as many were unaware of the four pillars of health. After their visit, families were suddenly sharing new recipes for zucchini pasta and working on new fitness plans. Snacks in my classroom also suddenly changed from Doritos and Hershey Bars to apples, nuts and date seed energy balls! What an amazing program for everyone! I’m excited that they will be able to come back again and work with our students this month.”-Susan Rothbard, 4th Grade Teacher, Sawgrass Elementary