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Published on Thursday, April 05, 2018

Eduardo Villarreal Elementary Students Build a Garden Greenhouse; Promote Healthy Living

Contact: Carol Schliesinger(210) 207-8172 Carol.Schliesinger@sanantonio.gov

SAN ANTONIO (Apr. 5, 2018) – Mayor’s Fitness Council Student Ambassadors from Eduardo Villarreal Elementary School are leading the way to a healthier and more active San Antonio by participating in the Mayor's Fitness Council Student Ambassadors Program. The Student Ambassadors Team at Eduardo Villarreal received a $750 grant to assist in launching a healthy service project at their school campus that will benefit the health of students.

Student Ambassadors Belen Estrada and Jenna Skelton and their campus mentors, Coach Ruth Cruz, and Community Health Worker Yvonne Ramirez from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s Healthy Neighborhoods program, have taken the lead in carrying out their healthy service project at Eduardo Villarreal Elementary School.

After conducting an asset mapping activity at the school, the student ambassadors concluded that having a greenhouse would benefit their mission of having a sustainable campus vegetable garden. This will improve access to fresh vegetables at the school and will increase physical activity among community members.

Construction of the greenhouse will take place on Saturday April 7, 2018. Staff, members of the school’s garden club, and their parents will be present on the day of construction to assist. The greenhouse will allow students at Villarreal Elementary to grow more organic vegetables to help encourage healthy eating and active living.

Students across Bexar County are currently participating in the Mayor's Fitness Council Student Ambassador Program working on a variety of healthy service projects. With program sponsorship from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, the Mayor's Fitness Council was able to award over $50,000.00 in grant funding to deserving school campuses.

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