Gabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton

Join Volunteers to Launch Teaching Garden

at Will Rogers Learning Community School

Effort Part of AARP Create The Good & EIF’s iParticipate Volunteer Campaigns

We Joined Volunteers to Launch the Second Teaching Garden

Gabby Reece FamilyLOS ANGELES—Professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, renowned athlete Laird Hamilton along with Teaching Garden founder and Hollywood philanthropist Kelly Chapman Meyer today will launch the nation’s second Teaching Garden at the Will Rogers Learning Community School. A national program bringing an innovative, hands-on nutrition and fitness curriculum to young children, the event will bring together Create The Good volunteers and talent for a day of service to teach students how a few small changes in diet and exercise can make life-saving differences.

The day of service is part of a larger effort within AARP Create The Good and Entertainment Industry Foundation’s iParticipate volunteer campaigns.


WHO:    Professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, renowned athlete Laird Hamilton, Victorious star Daniella Monet and Teaching Garden founder and Hollywood philanthropist Kelly Chapman Meyer


WHAT:  The Teaching Garden creates school community gardens, living laboratories that help children learn about food harvesting and sustainability, nutrition and the importance of physical fitness. The day will include a morning nutrition/cooking class, fitness demonstration with Gabrielle Reece, Create The Good volunteers leading students in planting an organic garden, and Laird Hamilton talking to students about making healthy food choices and activating a healthy school lunch campaign. Food and beverages donated by Chipotle and Neuro.


Monday, April 26, 2010
9:15a.m. PST, Press Call Time

Will Rogers Learning Community School
2401 14th Street
Santa Monica Ca 90405                    

Create The Good is a network of people sharing tools and ideas to help make a difference in communities across the country. It is powered by AARP and the AARP Foundation’s more than nine million volunteers, donors and activists

 For ideas on how to start a community garden and for other ways to get involved, visit Create The Good.

About Teaching Garden:

The Teaching Garden is a place where teachers and principals with community partners from the entertainment, sports and food industries, the Farmer-Veteran Coalition and GrowingGreat come together to create a real-life garden laboratory. In this garden, students through the simple process of putting a seed into the earth, nurturing it and ultimately harvesting the food, learn about effort and results, delayed gratification, and cause and effect. The ultimate goal: hands-on exploration of life sciences that leads to one’s positive choices for health and fitness.

About AARP:
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About iParticipate:

The Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has mobilized the entire entertainment community around a multi-year service initiative, called iParticipate, designed to encourage more Americans to volunteer and serve in their communities.  As part of its launch, the four major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – and other networks and cable channels participated in an unprecedented, week-long television event from Oct 19-25, 2009, with more than 100 shows devoting programming, story lines and PSAs to volunteerism.  For more information, visit