Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2023. 7:20 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Community Policing Unit (CPU) of the Belize Police Department teamed up with a private sector partner today to gather materials to support feeding programs and gardening clubs in schools.
Head of the national CPU, Assistant Commissioner of Police Howell Gillett, received a donation of over a thousand packets of vegetable seeds from Belmopan Aggregates and Hardware.
Gillett explained that supporting school feeding programs will positively impact the lives of students in various ways, many of which align with the Belize Police Department’s push to reduce crime by exposing youths to more productive lifestyles.
“First, gardening helps children to connect with nature and understand the importance of sustainable living. They learn where their food comes from, how plants grow, and how to care for the environment,” Gillett said. “Second, gardening promotes physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that children who participate in gardening activities are more physically active and are less likely to suffer from obesity and other health issues.”
He noted that supporting gardening fosters friendships and collaborations between youths and exposes them to potential economic opportunities.
Gillett categorized the initiative as an “investment in the future,” of Belizean children.
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