Hilton Head Christian Academy partnered with Experience Green to receive a $10,000 Grant from the Women in Philanthropy Endowment Fund through Community Foundation of the LowCountry’s 2015 theme, “Protecting Our LowCountry Environment.” The Whole Kids Foundation approved a $2,000 grant that will also be used to fund the long-term project. The project, an extraordinary garden concept, was born from the desire to expand the wellness program at HHCA and evolve into something that takes the health focus into every aspect of learning. Health & Wellness Director, Wendy Cummings, envisions the garden project being an “intregral piece of the overall Health & Wellness Program, with the mission to educate the faculty and students about healthy living through curriculum, interactions with me and the resident campus Chef Brooks Rinehart, as well as their hands on experiences in the garden.”
The garden project, DIG IT!, is located right on campus, giving teachers and students easy access and the ability to be actively involved in every aspect of the garden process. The garden plan includes a large greenhouse, berry maze, vertical hydroponics, composting bins, native pollinators, a living wall, raised beds and rain barrels. The expansive project will come to life over a 5-year design, serving as a tangible opportunity to improve stewardship of our environment while bringing the school community and Hilton Head community together in those efforts. HHCA broke ground on October 16, 2015 with a ceremonial “Turning of The Soil” by students.