This project is about doing the right thing for a large population of children who come from food insecure families who struggle to find ways to sustain themselves with food and energy resources.
If change is to occur, we must transform the lives of not only the impoverished children but their families, as well. It is an effort that will need the involvement of the entire community and the resources to teach children how to become empowered to sustain themselves and their families.
Vero Beach Elementary School is located on 1770 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (On 12th street between Old Dixie Highway and 20th Avenue). Vero Beach Elementary is a school with 89% of the children on free or reduced lunch plans and a 60% minority population. School enrollment is projected to be 768 students when the new school opens in August 2012.
The new Vero Beach Elementary school (VBE) is a model green school that serves as a proto-type for other school districts in the State of Florida. More than ninety percent of VBE students are from urban impoverished families. More than 62 VBE families are homeless.
This project funds the tools to empower students and their families to generate sustainable food and energy resources. It will also reduce student obesity, ADHD, asthma and student/teacher absenteeism.
A nutrition kitchen and community garden have been built with grants from Impact100, AT&T, the Indian River Community Foundation, and other private donors
The project will change the lives of children who receive Free and Reduced Lunch services by teaching them about health and well being, citizenship, the connection between hunger and drug abuse and how to generate power and food for their families.