Boston Schoolyard Initiative Wins Acclaim

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative - acknowledged yesterday as a national model by the National League of Cities - is turning learning inside out in an effort to combat child obesity.

“I call it the ‘No Child Left Inside Act,’ ” program director Juliet Stone said of the initiative that has refurbished 71 of Boston’s public schoolyards.

“Kids in the city are cut off from nature. Active, outdoor living should be valued as much as indoor learning and nutrition,” Stone added.

The schoolyards, in which kids grow plants and vegetables, serve as outdoor classrooms for science and writing, as well as an outdoor natural oasis.

The initiative is a long-running partnership between the city, Boston public schools and the Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative.

The refurbished schoolyards cost abou…

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