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Toro Announced Winners in Green Spaces Make Great Places Grant Program





Green Spaces Make Great Places grant recipients were determined by public voting. The Toro Co. awards funds to communities and non-profits seeking to improve outdoor environments across America.
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The votes are in! With nearly 4,000 votes cast by the viewing public, The Toro Co. announced the grant recipients in its second annual Green Spaces Make Great Places program.

The recipient of the most votes and the $7,000 first-place grant is Wonder Workshop. The Wonder Workshop Children's Museum in Manhattan, Kansas, is working to create a new outdoor garden space that is healthy and green. The program's goal is to teach kids how to grow healthy foods, and give them a safe and fun place to play outdoors.

The second-place, $4,000 grant recipient was Unity Charter School, located in Morristown, New Jersey. It recently relocated to a larger building in a semi-industrial area with a lack of green space. Using funds raised by the parents in the community, the group created a playground and small turf field. The two remaining finalists, Growing Solutions and the Irmo Arbor Day Commission, each will receive a $2,000 grant.

The Julie+Michael Tracy Foundation and Growing Solutions Farm, located in Chicago, took a barren 1.5-acre city plot and are converting it into a vocational therapeutic garden to help young adults with autism learn life and career skills.

The four finalist organizations each submitted a video explaining their proposed initiative and how the grant would help further efforts to improve green spaces. Public voting determined the grant level awarded to each group. More information is available at www.toro.com.








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