Local students take part in youth empowerment rally Print

By Bonnie Prindle
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The Good to Grow Green team recently presented their project at the Allstate Foundation’s “Good Starts Young” youth empowerment rally in Chicago.


The team was one of the ten projects selected out of 300 nationwide to attend the rally. They were awarded the $2000 “SEED” grant from Allstate to raise awareness and funds for Miles for Merry Miracles’ new project Good to Grow Green. They will teach students at three elementary schools in Southern Indiana about food, nutrition, gardening and philanthropy. They are focused on schools that have 80% free/reduced meals and are receiving Blessings in a Backpack assistance.

“The Good to Grow Green Team has a powerful solution to the complicated issue of food insecurity,” said Dave Lathrop, founder of Be the Difference Mentoring and the team’s rally coach during the conference. “They have a program that can be replicated and has the added benefit of improving school performance by students. Its an opportunity for schools to internally address external circumstances created by school budget shortfalls and families struggling to make ends meet. Great work team!“

The team is now beginning a challenge to impact local students who often go to bed hungry, and they are asking for help from the local community. The challenge, called the Seven O’Clock Diet, asks participants to refrain from eating snacks, sweets, and seconds after seven o’clock PM three nights a week.

Instead of spending money on late night ice cream, cookies and chips, they ask that the money be donated to help local kids who are going to bed hungry. Join them so they can give the students a better chance to live, learn, give and earn well throughout their lives.

The challenge began on June 27th, and the team would like to reach their goal by August 10th. To donate, visit their GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/good-to-grow-green.

For more information or to arrange a presentation for your class, church group, or community based organization, contact the Good to Grow Green program coordinator Teresa Hebert at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (812) 923-1364.