Tops Friendly Markets, Dole Fruit Bowls and Captain Planet Foundation have joined up to sponsor a contest for two elementary schools to win an on-site learning garden.


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The prizes include five raised beds planted on school property, a fully-equipped mobile cooking cart, and lesson supply kits. Teachers will receive lesson plans for incorporating the learning garden into the curriculum. Captain Planet Foundation will also hold a one-day professional development workshop for teachers.

Tops plans to host end-of-the-year celebrations at the winning schools.

"We are excited to provide this opportunity for the schools within our communities to enter the Learning Garden Grant program," Frank Curci, Tops president and CEO, said in a press release. "Giving back to the neighborhoods we serve is incredibly important to us, and we are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the life for children through education around nutrition and healthy living."

Parents and school officials can enter at captainplanetfoundation.org/topsmarketcontest. Only schools in Tops’ market areas in New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania are eligible. The contest runs through May 3; winners will be announced in June.

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