The San Rafael Elks Lodge was awarded a $6,000 Beacon Grant toward building an outdoor classroom at San Pedro Elementary School. The funds were donated to Sanzuma.org, a Marin County nonprofit whose mission is to teach nutrition awareness and increase food access.
The outdoor classroom is located on the quarter acre of land that Sanzuma has operated since 2015 in an effort to provide more fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meals. The San Rafael City Schools “School-Farm-to-Cafeteria” program has produced more than 18,700 pounds of organic produce at the site.
Construction of the classroom began Feb. 25 with the help of volunteers from San Rafael Elks and San Rafael Mission Rotary clubs, who also made a generous donation to the project. The classroom is scheduled for completion in mid to late April.
“I am honored to not only be an Elk but to have been chosen to represent them in our community. The Elks and Rotary donations have made it possible for Sanzuma to build this garden,” said Lori Davis, founder and president of Sanzuma. “The center will be a hub for Sanzuma to teach the community the importance of eating healthy, how to achieve lifelong healthy eating habits, and how to have access to whole nutritious food.”
For more information, visit sanzuma.org.