Raised beds = funds

first_imgDeep budget cuts have school administrators searching for creative ways to raise money for learning opportunities. Typically, students sell sweets and wrapping paper to raise funds. Fifth-graders at High Shoals Elementary School in Athens, Ga., are growing and selling produce.The High Shoals Environmental Club teamed up with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to install raised gardening beds at the school. On Sept. 12, the students planted the first seedlings. Some of the fruits and vegetables will be ready to harvest in two weeks. The plants, which were donated by UGA Cooperative Extension, include wintergreens such as kale, Swiss chard, collards and lettuce, as well as beets and herbs. Set up as a community supported agriculture garden, the student’s are pre-selling shares of the produce and have already raised $500. Through the garden project, the students are learning to become entrepreneurs. They are also learning the science behind growing food, how to make healthy eating decisions and trying vegetables they may not have eaten before. “The knowledge they learn through the garden is something they can take with them and benefit from for the rest of their lives,” said Linda Cooper, the club’s advisor and a HSES teacher.Many of the students have never eaten food they grew in a backyard garden. Student Claire Reuter, 10, is eager to learn new gardening practices. “We have a garden at home, but we’ve never put a lot of effort into it. I’m excited to know how to grow [vegetables] better,” she said. “I am really looking forward to eating what we grow.”The four raised garden beds were built by Famer D Organics with startup funds donated by Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. Angle worked with Cooper to develop the garden as an alternative school fundraiser. “Our goal is to help children better understand where their food comes from. And, in particular, we hope to establish a lifelong appreciation for locally grown food as well as for the people who produce it,” Angle said. The students are already brainstorming post-harvest plans for their crops. While many were interested in donating their share of the produce, others plan to sell their shares at the farmers market. Cooper plans to expand the garden with grants and expects the entire school to become involved. Angle hopes the HSES CSA becomes a fundraising model for other elementary schools to follow.last_img read more

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Curtis Cup players and champions head to Coventry

first_img19 Aug 2018 Curtis Cup players and champions head to Coventry Curtis Cup players and champions are targeting the English women’s open amateur championship which gets underway at Coventry Golf Club on Tuesday.They’re aiming to follow in the footsteps of Solheim Cup stars Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart and Joanna Morley who have all won this title.The high-class international field includes players from 11 different countries and three Curtis Cup players: Lily May Humphreys and Sophie Lamb of England and Shannon McWilliams from Scotland.Many of the competitors hold individual titles and have amassed other impressive achievements.Humphreys, 16, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) is the Scottish women’s open winner while Lamb, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, was leading amateur at the 2017 British Women’s Open and is a past winner of the British stroke play.Georgina Blackman, (Chelmsford, Essex) is the English women’s amateur champion and Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater (Lindrick) holds the English match play title and won the Bridget Jackson Bowl at Handsworth.Scotland’s Hannah McCook has won both the Irish and Welsh open titles and, alongside McWilliams, was in the Scotland’s winning team at the recent Women’s Home Internationals.Hollie Muse, from West Lancashire, reached the semi-finals of the British women’s amateur and played the British Women’s Open.The juniors in the field include Ffion Tynan of Wales, who is the Scottish girls’ champion, and Charlotte Heath of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who reached the semi-finals of the British girls’ championship and won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Among the local players are Coventry’s own Lisa Barton, a past Warwickshire champion, and county team mate Lauren Beaman of Moor Hall.Coventry Golf Club will test the players with its mature undulating parkland course which has been host to many prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.The full field will play an 18-hole round on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, with the top 40 and ties playing the final 36 holes on Thursday. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Tags: Coventry Golf Club, Open Amateur Championship, Womenlast_img read more

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HUGE LONGSHOT LOST BUS FINDS WAY IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES; TRAINED BY SHERLOCK, CALIFORNIA-BRED FILLY WINS BY A HEAD UNDER PEREZ IN 1:21.78

first_imgONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PURCHASED THROUGH KENTUCKY HUB PAYS $1,132,476.80; SANTA ANITA HAS SUPER HIGH FIVE CARRYOVER OF $24,917 INTO SUNDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2016)–Longshot Lost Bus proved ultra game in winning Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita by a head under Fernando Perez. Trained by Gary Sherlock, the 4-year-old California-bred filly was tested the length of the stretch and just prevailed over Finest City while covering seven furlongs in 1:21.78.Sent from her number four post position in a field of nine older fillies and mares, Lost Bus, who was claimed three starts back for $32,000 on Nov. 19, was pressed throughout at the rail through splits of 22.42, 44.93 and 1:09.08.“Lost Bus was pretty much going to run before I learned (probable favorite) Sunday Rules wouldn’t be entered, but I was running for third, and it turned out better than that,” said Sherlock, who won the Santa Monica in 2008 with Intangaroo. “There wasn’t a lot of speed in the race, and I told Fernando to go to the front.”One of only two Cal-breds in the lineup, Lost Bus was the longest shot in the field at 60-1 and following a claim of foul lodged by Finest City’s jockey, Corey Nakatani, she paid $131.20, $42.20 and $14.80.Owned by Terry Lovingier, Lost Bus, who is by the In Excess stallion Bring the Heat, notched her first-ever stakes win and improved her overall mark to 11-3-2-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $256,018.“I got a clean break, I took her to the lead and she was comfortable the whole time,” said Perez. “At the end, she was still trying. Corey was pushing me. We were bumping a little bit down the stretch, but not much to be honest. He just had to take a shot (by claiming foul) to see if he could get the disqualification.”Breaking from the far outside, Finest City broke sharply and pressed the winner gate to wire while just holding off the late charge of favored Tara’s Tango by a neck. Off at 8-1, Finest City paid $10.60 and $6.80.Tara’s Tango, who was ridden by Mike Smith, broke alertly but was taken in hand heading into the far turn, then angled out turning for home and just missed, finishing third, 2 ¼ lengths in front of Living The Life. Off at 3-1, Tara’s Tango paid $4.60 to show.“I couldn’t keep her in a hard drive,” said Smith in reference to his decision to reserve his mount for the stretch run. “I thought I could let them go, give her a breather and then go at them again on the outside and it worked, but I just didn’t get there in time.”With a two-day Pick Six carryover contributing to a massive total Pick Six pool of $1,852,098, there was just one winning ticket, worth $1,132,476.80. Purchased for an as-yet undisclosed amount, the ticket was generated through a Kentucky-based wagering hub.There is a carryover into Sunday’s one dollar Super High Five of $24,917.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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DEFENDING CHAMP HOPPERTUNITY TAKES ON STABLEMATE MOR SPIRIT, ACCELERATE, DALMORE & PROSPECT PARK AT 1 1/16 MILES IN THE GRADE II, $300,000 SAN ANTONIO STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2017)–Still going strong at age six, Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity will defend his title against seven older horses at 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Although he figures to be favored, Hoppertunity faces stiff competition from the likes of stablemate Mor Spirit and two other 4-year-olds–Accelerate and Dalmore. Five year old Prospect Park will try to rebound off a disappointing fourth place finish in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes here on New Year’s Day. Hoppertunity–Flavien Prat–125Avanti Bello–Mario Gutierrez–120Prospect Park–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120El Huerfano–Victor Espinoza–120Mor Spirit–Mike Smith–122Dalmore–Kent Desormeaux–122Accelerate–Tyler Baze–125Hard Aces–Santiago Gonzalez–122 PROSPECT PARK: A well beaten fourth at 3-1 in the Grade II San Pasqual Jan. 1, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred 5-year-old will hope to turn things around on a fast track Saturday. A sharp second two starts back in a seven furlong classified allowance at Del Mar on Dec. 1, Prospect Park has been winless in five starts since winning the Grade III La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf in August, 2015. Trained by Clifford Sise, this son of top sire Tapit is 15-3-6-2 with earnings of $465,370. The San Antonio is one of four graded stakes on a nine-race program Saturday at Santa Anita. First post is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com THE GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT                 MOR SPIRIT: An even fourth in the Grade I Malibu on Dec. 26 at seven furlongs, he had been idle since well beaten in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Owned by Michael L. Peterson, this Pennsylvania-bred ridgling by Eskendereya was considered a top tier Derby hopeful a year ago and finished second as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby three starts back on April 9. With two wins and a pair of seconds from four tries at the San Antonio distance, Mor Spirit can be expected to show good tactical speed as he stretches out on Saturday. DALMORE: Trained by Keith Desormeaux, he was most recently third, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Accelerate in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1. An impressive maiden special weight winner here on March 25, he was subsequently distanced in the Grade I Wood Memorial April 9, but rebounded later in the spring and summer to win a pair of races, including the Grade III Affirmed Stakes five starts back on July 2. Blessed with plenty of natural speed, it’ll be up to Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, to ration it out over a distance that he’s won at on three occasions from six starts. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch and partners, the 4-year-old colt by Colonel John is 15-3-4-1, with earnings of $311,302. ACCELERATE: Trained by John Sadler, this chestnut colt by Lookin At Lucky rallied to be a big second over a wet fast track in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes here Jan. 1, earning a 99 Beyer Speed figure in the process. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, he won the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby three starts back on Sept. 24 and validated that effort with a solid third here in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4. Ridden in all eight of his starts by Tyler Baze, he is currently 8-3-2-2 and could be poised to have a career year. HOPPERTUNITY: Fresh off his biggest career year, in which he also won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup three starts back at Belmont Park on Oct. 8, Hoppertunity has been freshened by Baffert since running fourth at 3-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25 and would appear primed for a top effort on his home court. Although he’s long toiled in the shadow of several superstar stablemates, he has quietly amassed earnings of $3,886,425 from an overall record of 24-6-6-4. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he is 12-3-4-2 at Santa Anita.last_img read more

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