TWO HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS BUILD LEARNING GARDEN IN JUST ONE DAY!

On MARCH 17 Wells Fargo will team together with parents, teachers and students at John Quincy Adams Elementary School for a day of hard work to build a beautiful learning garden! Thanks to the generosity and volunteers of Wells Fargo, Adams Elementary School and Pleasant Grove will now have a modern outdoor learning classroom as a new resource for its 750 students to learn and succeed.

Last fall, the students, teachers and parents of Adams Elementary School came together to design their garden and decided it would include: raised beds for organic vegetable production, small wildlife habitats, a falling water feature, passion vine trellis tunnel (for experiencing butterfly life cycles up close), a composting station, rainwater harvesting and more. The MARCH 17 “Big Dig” in partnership with Wells Fargo will be a day to dig, shovel, carry and build in order to complete this new community asset by sundown.

In addition to being beautiful additions to any school, learning gardens are effective outdoor educational tools critical to teaching Math, Science and Language Arts. REAL School Gardens partners with communities to build learning gardens in elementary schools. Once the garden is installed, REAL School Gardens performs on-site teacher training for three years to help teachers use the garden to improve academic performance. Partners schools have seen standardized test score pass rates jump 12-15%, and improvements were particularly noticeable in Science. REAL School Gardens began within the Dallas and Fort Worth, TX school districts, and now reaches more than 55,000 elementary school students, 3,500 educators, and 1,800 volunteers on an annual basis.

Where: John Quincy Adams Elementary School

8239 Lake June Road, Dallas, TX 75217

When: MARCH 17 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Contact:

Alison Risso — 202.621.2375 x 251 (o) / 202.425.9794 (m) — arisso@realschoolgardens.org

About REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. It currently partners with 100 high-poverty elementary schools in five urban school districts, ensuring that more than 55,000 children and more than 3,500 educators have daily access to innovative teaching resources and tools. For more information, visit www.realschoolgardens.org.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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