Post HOPE Foundation installs an Edible Schoolyard at Atlanta Preparatory Academy

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For Immediate Release—October 17, 2012

Post HOPE Foundation installs an Edible Schoolyard at Vine City school.

Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Preparatory Academy is a charter school of choice open to all students residing in the Atlanta Public Schools district. The public school’s Parent Teacher Organization has a parent-led Edible Schoolyard Committee, which has been developing a “farm at school” initiative with pro bono management assistance from members of the Atlanta Metro Food & Farm Network (AM-FFN) team, a social enterprise consultant group within the non-profit ECO-Action Inc.

With financial support from APA’s Board of Trustees, the Edible Schoolyard Committee was able to retain the site planning services of Sustenance Design LLC to imagine a school-based garden that would reinforce the curriculum objectives of teachers while also providing students with hands on experiential learning opportunities in such areas as horticultural literacy, ecological appreciation, nutrition, career development and much more.

Post Properties, Inc. has already demonstrated their commitment to partnership and support of Atlanta Preparatory Academy through sponsoring the installation of a KaBOOM!™ playground during the 2011-2012 academic year. “We are excited about the opportunity to once again partner with APA and believe the ecological schoolyard will be a wonderful learning venture for your teachers and school children,” says Linda J. Ricklef, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Post HOPE Foundation, Inc., a charitable 501(c)3 foundation affiliated with Post Properties.

“With this project at Atlanta Preparatory Academy, we intend to demonstrate the advanced concept of ‘Farm @ School’ which brings the benefits of local food to both students and a school’s surrounding community.” says Kwabena Nkromo, the PTO President and Edible Schoolyard Committee Chair. This phase of the initiative will be installed Thursday October 18th, 2012 with volunteers from Post Properties, Inc. and Hilton Hotels’ Sustainability Committee. APA is located at 569 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta GA 30314.

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