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DC School Garden Week Is October 6-11

Monday, September 29, 2008

Media Contact: Alan Heymann (202) 741-2136

Washington, DC – About 80 District schools will host tours, workshops and games to celebrate DC School Garden Week October 6-11. School gardens provide wildlife habitat, absorb stormwater runoff, beautify schoolyards, and nourish students' minds and bodies.

“Environmental awareness starts with the youngest people in our city,” said George S. Hawkins, Director of the District Department of the Environment. “School Garden Week presents great learning opportunities for students, families and educators alike.”

The weeklong program kicks off with a butterfly garden planting at 9 am Monday, October 6 at Anne Beers Elementary School, 3600 Alabama Avenue, SE.

DC School Garden Week is a program of the DC Environmental Education Consortium. For more information, including a schedule, please visit http://www.dcschoolyardgreening.org/dcschoolgardenweek.html.