Los Angeles area schools are about to get a little greener, thanks to the help of several celebrities, including one of Access' own.
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) and company Yes To Inc. have announced an ongoing partnership with the LA Unified School District to support organic gardens and greenery in urban schools across the city.
According to the EMA, the organization and Yes To Inc. will directly support a number of school gardens through funding and celebrity mentoring from members of EMA's Young Hollywood Board.
"I grew up with community gardens in my neighborhood, so I know how important they can be for kids. I am very excited to be supporting the Environmental Media Association's new project to support organic gardens in LA schools," EMA Board Member Rosario Dawson told Access Hollywood.
Rosario is joined on the board by stars including Amy Smart, Nicole Richie, Maroon 5, Lance Bass, Matthew Rhys, Olivia Wilde and Access Hollywood's own Maria Menounos, who said she was thrilled to be part of the project.
"I grew up with a garden in my backyard. Most of our food came directly from there. I recently planted my own in California and can't wait to start eating delicious organic vegetables. It's important for communities to develop self-sustaining, organic food sources and to educate young people on the environmental responsibility. I'm so excited to be a part of this movement," Maria said.
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