News Release
 October 8, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

School designated for garden program by Tops Friendly Markets,Dole Packaged Foods and Captain Planet


Boston Valley Elementary School celebrates Project Learning Garden and Sustainable Initiative

School designated for garden program by Tops Friendly Markets, Dole Packaged Foods and Captain Planet Foundation

Boston Valley Elementary School will be installing a Project Learning Garden with representatives from Tops Friendly Markets, Dole Packaged Foods and the Captain Planet Foundation. The school is one of two elementary schools that received a “Learning Garden Grant,” in 2019 from Tops and Dole. This is the third year of the community outreach initiative by Tops and Dole Packaged Foods that offered schools in Tops market areas the chance to receive a Project Learning Garden.

The Project Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins; engaging in authentic science field investigations; manipulating the environment to understand math in real-life applications; recreating historical activities; and writing across all these disciplines.

What: Learning Garden Installation and Media Briefing

Who: Nicole Lauer, Principal, Boston Valley Elementary School Marty Ordman, Communications Director, Dole Packaged Foods Mike Patti, Regional VP for the West Region, Tops Friendly Markets Tasha Gomes, Learning Garden Manager, Captain Planet Foundation

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:30 – 11:00 AM

Where: Boston Valley Elementary School 7476 Back Creek Road Hamburg, NY 14075

Media RSVP & Questions: Kathy Sautter 716-635-5577

About Dole Packaged Foods Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing and marketing fruit and healthy snacks. Dole sells a full line of packaged shelf stable fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. The company focuses on four pillars of sustainability: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction. For more information, please visit or

About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit

About Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, CPF was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and producer Barbara Pyle. Since then, the Captain Planet Foundation has played a critical role in helping to ensure that the next generation of business leaders and policy makers are environmentally literate citizens who leverage technology and information to manage and protect the air, land, and water upon which all life depends.

CPF is a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 23 countries internationally. More than 1.2 million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects. In addition to its Small Grants Program, the Captain Planet Foundation also operates the following programs: Project Learning Garden, the Leadership Center, SAGES, Planeteer Clubs, and several other science education initiatives that exploit the intersections between technology, innovation, the environment and personal action. For more information: # # #


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