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O’Fallon group offers $1,000 grants to start local gardens

In this file photo, students from the Alternative Education Center in Belleville performed a community service project at Bellevue Park in Belleville on August 23, 2016, by planting flowers and plants. There are 21 students at the school, which helps students who may have had multiple suspensions or other misconduct issues at their home schools. Students from throughout St. Clair County can attend, from fifth graders up to high school seniors. Here, they were helping Belleville Parks & Recreation workers beautify around the Natural Play Area near the lake. The school had received a cooperative education grant from the state of Illinois to purchase plants and mulch. Effinger Garden Center also donated many of the plants. Here, Kaitlynn Strubberg, of Belleville, a seventh-grade student, plants a Butterfly Bush.
In this file photo, students from the Alternative Education Center in Belleville performed a community service project at Bellevue Park in Belleville on August 23, 2016, by planting flowers and plants. There are 21 students at the school, which helps students who may have had multiple suspensions or other misconduct issues at their home schools. Students from throughout St. Clair County can attend, from fifth graders up to high school seniors. Here, they were helping Belleville Parks & Recreation workers beautify around the Natural Play Area near the lake. The school had received a cooperative education grant from the state of Illinois to purchase plants and mulch. Effinger Garden Center also donated many of the plants. Here, Kaitlynn Strubberg, of Belleville, a seventh-grade student, plants a Butterfly Bush. tvizer@bnd.com

An O’Fallon nonprofit organization is offering grant money for community groups to start gardens.

Get Up & Go is offering $1,000 “Healthy Community” grants for new gardens in St. Clair County.

The organization supports health initiatives in the county by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles, it wrote in a news release.

Community gardens accomplish both of those goals, the group says, by encouraging people to remain active in their gardens and providing them with fruits and vegetables.

Local groups including schools, neighborhoods, churches and others may apply. Applications can be sent to meg@aninbetweenplace.us by March 31.

More information is available at getupgo.info.

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