Eagle River, WI (October 18, 2016) –Northland Pines Farm to School Program has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The school received a $770 Green Gift from Cellcom to help expand the organic garden program.
The Northland Pines School District implemented the Farm to School program four years ago to educate children about healthy food, where food comes from, and growing environmentally responsible foods. Using school gardens students are taught organic gardening principles and in the classrooms they are able to learn more the impact of the food industry versus buying local foods. With assistance from prior Green Gifts from Cellcom, the district was able to construct gardens at three elementary schools and start a composting program at the middle school.
“With the Green Gift from Cellcom we will be able to expand our organic gardening program at our three elementary schools, at our Montessori center and the Middle School Charter,” said Jasmyn Schmidt, Farm to School Coordinator. “By helping students get hands on with food, and learn what goes in to it, where it comes from, and how to grow it in a sustainable, earth friendly way, we are helping them make better choices, and they carry that home to their families.”
The Northland Pines Farm to School Program was among 22 green organizations that received a share of the $37,800 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.
The 2016 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton), Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha), Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, NEW Zoo & Adventure Park (Suamico), Greater Green Bay YMCA, River District Development Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines Farm to School Program (Eagle River), Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River), Wild Instincts (Rhinelander), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay), Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring), Navarino Nature Center, Stockbridge Munsee Community (Bowler), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), The Etude Group (Sheboygan), Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point).
Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $266,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.
Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with 60 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.