Our Goal: Real, Measurable Change

When you donate to a nonprofit… how do you know that your gift is doing more than just providing a pretty picture? How can you assess whether it’s creating real and measurable change?

At Schoolyard Roots, you can rest assured.

We use a robust and independent evaluation to help shape and improve our program’s every aspect. Each year, we work with award-winning researcher Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer and a research team at The University of Alabama, who conduct an ongoing, independent evaluation of the effectiveness of Schoolyard Roots school gardens. 

Four years ago we asked them… are our gardens affecting our children’s desire to learn, their academic performance, and how much fresh food they eat?

This is what they found… In school year 2016-2017, students in our program were:

We use these results to shape everything from our curriculum, professional development methodology, expansion plans, and… well… overall how we approach the issues of academic performance and health outcomes.

When we see a child’s health and education improve, we know that we’re not only investing in that child’s life today — we’re helping them build a better future.

In short… you can know that your gifts are helping our kids be healthier and more engaged in school. 

VIEW RESEARCH SUMMARIES:

FOOD DESERTS IN SCHOOLS 2013 – 2014 PROGRAM IMPACT BMI DATA COLLECTION

 

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Responsible Stewardship

As a community based nonprofit, we are entrusted to invest your dollars in Alabama’s children, in our communities’ health, and in a robust, local food system.

Each year, Schoolyard Roots has independent auditors conduct a review of our financial records. In addition, we publish a detailed Annual Report that highlights our programmatic and fiscal stewardship from the year. See for yourself the difference that your donation can make.

(In July of 2017, we changed our name from Druid City Garden Project to Schoolyard Roots.)

 

2016 ANNUAL REPORT

 

We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing supporters. Thank you.

 

PREVIOUS ANNUAL REPORTS

   2015 Annual Report    

2012 Annual Report          2013 Annual Report          2014 Annual Report

When you join in partnership with Schoolyard Roots, you can become part of real, measurable change to make Alabama a healthier, more sustainable place.

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