At the start of March we launched our innocent and GIY Sow & Grow schools pledge. We had schools all over Ireland sign up and over 15,000 kids got planting their own vegetables and herbs. Their lovely teachers posted some brilliant photos to our gallery.
We were blown away by the amount of work all the teachers and kids put in. With so many great photos it was really hard to pick a winning school. But we can announce that the winning school was 5thclasses of St. Thomas’ SNS, Tallaght. The classes really got involved by planting over 50 plants and uploading lots of very creative photos. They even got to taste what they grew with cress sandwiches and soup at the end of the project.
This Friday 1stof June, the kids of St Thomas’ are off to Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park to get their award from Donal Skehan and enjoy a trip to Dublin Zoo. The school also gets a mentorship from GIY and €500 worth of growing equipment.
The runner up schools in the innocent and GIY Sow & Grow schools pledge were Cloghan’s Hill NS, Tuam and Scoil Ui Fhiaich, Kildare.
Michael Kelly of GIY says, “If you encourage a child to sow a seed, you potentially change their attitude towards food forever – that's why we have been so excited to see the level of participation in the innocent GIY Sow & Grow schools campaign this year. Up to 15,000 children have got stuck in and sown a seed in schools up and down the country – these are the next generation of GIYers. We want to thank all the teachers and children that got involved, and congratulate this year's winners. The future truly belongs to those of us willing to get our hands dirty.”