September 2, 2016

Creating Lasting Partnerships: Healthy Zone and Texas Instruments

By:  Joey Cobb, Meadows Elementary, Plano ISD

Creating lasting community partnerships is key to the success of any school program.  Thanks to the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® we have built a great partnership with Texas Instruments.  By utilizing the grant connections that Healthy Zone informs us about, most specifically United Way’s relationship with Texas Instruments, we were able to put in a substantial school garden at Meadows Elementary with 32 raised beds. However, this is an ongoing process and we are still trying to raise funds to fully complete it. Thanks to Texas Instruments and United Way, enough funds were provided for us to buy stain for the garden beds, benches, and a vertical garden kit to add even more sustainability to our garden vision. A wireless weather system was also purchased for the garden so we can have student meteorologists for the morning announcements. Paint was purchased to refresh our Pawsitive Playground to keep students active and engaged at recess.

Our garden and playground was filled with over 60 Texas Instruments volunteers who were eager and ready to give their time to complete these projects in only 2 hours! Not only did they give their time, but some of the TI engineers came back out the following week and set up our wireless weather system. They have also expressed interest in coming back out to speak to our students about the importance of science.

The project was a huge success and the students were so excited to see the freshly painted playground and the improvements made to the school garden. This school beautification project also showed our students how to be selfless and donate their time to help others. We want to thank Texas Instruments and Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® for not only providing the funds needed, but also for the gift of their time as these projects for were completed for Meadows Elementary. Thanks so much to the Healthy Zone School Program for giving us such great resources and for truly making a difference in children’s lives. 

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