In late 2012, ACC expanded its partnership with LA’s BEST, an after school program in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), by launching a new program called Green Gardens.
During the program, the partners joined forces with students, faculty and volunteers to install school gardens at Los Feliz Elementary and Hooper Avenue Elementary in LAUSD. The gardens are designed to teach the importance of healthy eating and recycling. Students in kindergarten through fifth grades worked alongside partners and volunteers to assemble garden boxes and plant a wide variety of fruit and vegetable seeds to be harvested the following spring. Many of the garden materials used—from tables to garden beds, watering cans and bird feeders—were made with recycled plastics, like plastics from milk jugs and water bottles. As part of the Green Gardens program, all of the 28,000 LA’s BEST students received educational materials about healthy eating and how to live a sustainable lifestyle through actions like recycling. The program is expected to be implemented again in the fall of 2013.