Baltimore students welcome spring with healthy living project

BALTIMORE - Another gray, dreary day doesn't get in the way of something green going on at one charter school in northeast Baltimore.

Volunteers at Monarch Academy helped students usher in the first day of spring with a lesson in healthy living and growing.

Thanks to the expert in food service, Aramark and its global Volunteer Day program, more than 60 volunteers and nearly 300 first and second graders got their hands dirty, making veggie-pots while planting the seeds of something much more.

"The theme is inspiring kids to be healthy for life,” Joe Arena, a general manager for Aramark, said.

Monach Academy, a charter school run by The Children's Guild, offers a unique approach to learning each month with an educational journey, or “expedition.”

“The first grade expedition for this month is plants, and vegetables, and the second grade expedition is healthy eating. And so there was just a perfect fit," Steve Howe, vice president of The Children’s Guild, said.

Andrew l. Ross. president and CEO of The Children's Guild added, "they're involved in projects to help improve the neighborhood and really understand how what you learn in school really has a positive impact on where you live." 

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