Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley supports PVUSD’s Culinary Kitchen and Teaching Garden Project at Starlight Elementary


This week, we are pleased to share our support for Pajaro Valley USD #CulinaryKitchen and #TeachingGarden Grant Project at #StarlightElementary through a major gift of $150,000.

DeAndre’ James, CHT Executive Director, explains how this project clearly aligns with Community Health Trust goals, “As long time partners of PVUSD, we are proud to support this new program that directly aligns with our vision for a healthy community. Our young people deserve access to the highest level of health and wellness and this project teaches them where their food comes from, how to cultivate it, and how to prepare it, along with essential life skills that will help them be healthier now and in the future.”

A Culinary Kitchen and Teaching Garden (CKTG) garden will open in 2022 at Starlight Elementary School, one of only five schools nationwide – and the only school west of the Rockies- thanks to major funding from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation (chef, ELF), PVUSD developer fees, the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley (CHT), community donors, foundations and grants. Starlight’s Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to 5th grade students will explore science, math, health, nutrition, and other subjects through hands-on projects that also teach teamwork, critical thinking, planning, and problem-solving; skills to support their success in school, careers, and in life. CHT’s $150,000 donation anchors the CKTG project as a promise to positively impact the wellbeing of PVUSD students, families, and the community for years to come.

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