Dozens of metro Atlanta preschoolers learned the answers to questions like, “where does food come from?” and “what does it mean to eat healthy?” during the “Grow Up Great Gardening” event sponsored by the PNC Foundation and the Atlanta Braves.

Fifty preschool students from Sheltering Arms Child Care Center recently joined Braves General Manager Frank Wren and pitcher David Carpenter to explore healthy eating habits at the City of Refuge’s on-site gardening center.

“Together with the Atlanta Braves and our community partners, PNC’s Grow up Great community garden initiative connects young children in our region to nature, while helping develop essential school readiness skills,” said Eddie Meyers, PNC Regional President. “By extending our support, we are making a strategic investment to help prepare our youngest learners for future success.”

Educators from the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Young Audiences helped the children get down and dirty with hands-on experiments and healthy meal preparation, while Carpenter shared lunch with the kids. Several other non-profit partners were also on hand to lead the children as they participated in reading and wellness activities.

“The Atlanta Braves organization understands the importance of healthy living and the value of nutritional foods, said Atlanta Braves Director of Community Affairs Ericka Newsome-Hill. “It is vital to ensure our next generation has the knowledge and tools necessary to carry out healthy and abundant lifestyles.”

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence.

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