PNC Grow Up Great
Grant Recipient 2013
PNC contributed funding and employee volunteers to help complete Phase 1 of an outdoor learning environment.
48 local PNC employees volunteered 274 hours over six months as part of PNC Grow Up Great.
PNC Grow Up Great is a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. So that future generations won't just grow up...but grow up great!
Preventing Obesity By Design
Grant Recipient 2012-2015
The purpose of POD-Wake is to address the obesity epidemic in young children attending childcare by creating a multidisciplinary intervention to transform childcare outdoor learning environments (OLEs) into active, productive best practice demonstrations sites (four in Year One and four in Year Two). The three-year project will focus on design, management, and training to create active, edible OLEs that will benefit from several growing seasons.
The Raleigh Nursery School is also one of eight Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) model-Wake best practice demonstration sites focused on converting playgrounds into active, productive Outdoor Learning Environments (OLEs). The eight child care centers will receive design assistance and training so they can better serve as models to spread the knowledge and reach 60 additional childcare centers in Wake County during a three-year project. POD-Wake’s goal is to create interactive, edible OLEs over several growing seasons.
Farm to Child Care Pilot
Raleigh Nursery School is one of eight centers that participated in a 9-week summer Farm to Child Care pilot program that provided local produce as snacks for 700 children and staff. Farmer Bennie Glenn of Genesis Farm in Holly Springs delivered locally grown produce to Raleigh Nursery School and other centers weekly. The project was funded by a grant from the John Rex Endowment and organized by AHA, WCSS and Wake County Cooperative Extension.
During the Farm to Preschool event, children worked alongside Farmer Glenn and planted fall crops in raised beds, which are part of the new outdoor environment and gardens developed by the Natural Learning Initiative NC State University with grant support from the John Rex Endowment.