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Spence Elementary to receive new outdoor classroom and garden

The Sprout For Kids Foundation presented a $2000 check to Spence Elementary School for the Spence GROW La Crosse school garden on behalf of Pearl Street Brewery and On Three Printing.

GROW La Crosse will work alongside the school’s PTO, families, staff, and community members to create an outdoor classroom and garden where children can experience the peaceful, calming effects of nature.

This classroom will be used to teach hands on garden and nature related curriculum connected lessons. The food grown in the new garden will be used in the cafeteria for snacks and GROW La Crosse recipe demonstrations. Students will be provided with seed to table experiences that help connect them to where their food comes from. School families will volunteer to care for the garden and harvest produce to be used at home during the summer months.

The Sprout For Kids Foundation was founded by Tami Plourde and Joe Katchever as a way to give back to the La Crosse community for over 17 years of support for their businesses Pearl Street Brewery and On Three Printing. The foundation’s purpose is to give funds raised by both organizations directly back into the community to benefit families in the Coulee Region.

Throughout the year, Plourde and Katchever raise money through various fundraisers in the area. The $2000 for this project was raised at the annual Bikes At The Brewery event organized and run each year by Jim Whistleman. This event brings rare and custom motorcycles and well-renown bike builders to the Pearl Street Brewery each March and all proceeds are donated to The Sprout For Kids Foundation. Whistleman has committed a portion of proceeds from future Bikes AT The Brewery events towards this project.

GROW La Crosse’s is a non-profit organization formed by parents and community members who connect children to healthy food and nature through school gardens and farm experiences. All of their programming is supported in part by their corporate sponsor Mayo Clinic Health System.

GROW La Crosse currently maintain over 550 square feet of school gardens in the School District of La Crosse and host farm experiences for hundreds of children.

This organization is funded by sponsorships, fundraisers, grants, and donations from the community.