KeyBank Helps Newburgh Students Learn and Grow

Dec 1, 2017

KeyBank Foundation has granted $5,000 to help local nonprofit Hudson Valley Seed bring garden education to the students of Temple Hill Academy in Newburgh, NY.

KeyBank has supported Newburgh's students learning through Hudson Valley Seed for three years now, providing essential funding since the organization's first year teaching in Newburgh.

“It is important that all students in our communities have access to quality educational enrichment programs,” said Joseph Markey, KeyBank’s market president for the Hudson Valley.  “We are pleased to support the Hudson Valley Seed’s efforts to educate and foster an appreciation of good nutrition and healthy eating habits in our youth.”

Founded in 2012 with one garden and one classroom, Hudson Valley Seed now reaches nearly 5,000 students a year throughout the region, working with teachers, parents, and partnering organizations to teach in gardens at schools in Beacon, Garrison, and Newburgh, including Temple Hill Academy.

This year, KeyBank's support is helping Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students at Newburgh's Temple Hill Academy learn in their newly-expanded school garden for an hour every two weeks.

HVS educators integrate nutrition education and experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing over sixty classes each week out to school gardens to read and write, learn math and science, taste new vegetables, and learn about health and wellness. 

"Over the last year, it's been wonderful to see students take ownership of their school garden as a space to learn and grow," shared Sam Adels, Temple Hill Academy's Hudson Valley Seed garden educator. "Our new expanded garden space has allowed us to use the garden as a place to gather, read, prepare and taste fun recipes with fresh vegetables. Students have been trying tons of new veggies, including some that they've pulled from the earth themselves. We've really noticed students' increased willingness to try new things and appreciate vegetables, and to wake up their minds during the school day."

Through supporting hands-on learning, dynamic living classrooms, and engaged students and teachers, KeyBank is making it possible for Hudson Valley Seed to raise the bar of academic achievement one school at a time and build the foundation for Temple Hill students' lifetime of healthy eating choices.

About KeyBank Foundation:  

KeyBank Foundation serves to fulfill KeyBank’s purpose to help clients and communities thrive, and its mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare people for thriving futures.  The Foundation’s mission is advanced through three funding priorities – neighbors, education, and workforce – and through community service. To provide meaningful philanthropy that transforms lives, KeyBank Foundation listens carefully to understand the unique characteristics and needs of its communities and then backs solutions with targeted philanthropic investments. KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation, funded by KeyCorp.


Air Nonken, Director of Development, Hudson Valley Seed: air@hudsonvalleyseed.org845-202-1091