Golightly Education Center students team up with Experian employees to learn about healthy foods and gardening

Initiative kicked off with seed planting and the creation of a brand new Pizza Garden at the school

On Thursday, May 16 at Golightly Education Center, students worked with Experian employees to kick off a new nutrition education initiative that includes the art of gardening, how to prepare healthy, homegrown foods, seed planting and the creation of a brand new “Pizza Garden.”

The partnership began with a lesson for Golightly Education Center students from Farmer Minni Forman of Keep Growing Detroit on gardening and the life cycle of plants, as well as the importance of learning how to garden and grow vegetables that ultimately will end up on their dinner tables.

Students planted seeds in small containers to take home and then joined together with Experian’s “Heart of Experian” community ambassadors to plant a new “Pizza Garden” with fresh herbs, bell peppers, wheat and tomatoes.

The Experian volunteers then joined students to eat a healthy pizza made with fresh vegetables. Eastern Market’s President Dan Carmody also attended the event, assisted with planting, and shared his experience with students.

Golightly Instructional Specialist Susan Bloodworth coordinated the project.

“The goal is to help our students eat healthier,” Bloodworth said. “We talked about things students like to eat, and pizza is definitely a top choice. This project taught them how to select healthy toppings for their pizza, such as tomatoes, green peppers and fresh herbs.”

Bloodworth said she hopes the students will also share the healthy pizza recipes with their families.

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