Infant Assemblyman learning to whitewash past insensitivity.
Does Assemblyman Mike Gatto know any shame?
As recently as three years ago private citizen Mike Gatto was seeking internet riches by registering domains WikiGrown.com, YCMaps.com, LeftHear.com and these two, RightTarded.com, LeftTarded.com among others.
Now some three years later Assemblyman Mike Gatto is attempting in the minds of some, to "photo op away" his past insensitivity regarding his domain registration of the two "tarded.coms".
The parent wrote, "I can't believe officials would invite such a man to my son's school. People who have a history of disrespecting the developmentally disabled, should not be allowed to step one foot onto the College View campus." One can agree in light of Gatto's past endeavors to benefit financially from his insensative domain names.
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Western Growers Foundation Press Release:
Assemblyman Gatto Helps Glendale Special Needs Students Plant School Garden
(GLENDALE, Calif.—May 19, 2011) In a school garden in Glendale, the valuable lessons of farming, nutrition and the life cycle of plants come alive for the students of College View School. Assemblyman Mike Gatto will join in on this effort Friday, May 20, and help students in his district with their school garden made possible through a grant from Western Growers Foundation.
Glendale Kiwanis Club members as well as children from Monte Vista Elementary, Jewel City Community Day School and Daily High School will join Gatto to help the students who have intellectual and otherdevelopmental disabilities plant seedlings in the school’s garden.
“Not only will our students be learning how to plant and care for the garden, but this is providing us with an opportunity to bring typically developing peers into the mix so our students can have models and social interactions,” says College View Principal Jay Schwartz.
“Helping our children learn the joys of gardening pays off over their lifetime. It's an opportunity to be outside, to engage in good ol' fashioned physical work, and to grow vegetables that are good for them,” Gatto said. “I was so happy to connect College View School to Western Growers so that the students at College View could get this wonderful garden.”
Western Growers Foundation school garden grants help schools in developing and sustaining fruit and vegetable gardens to support nutrition education in California and Arizona. Western Growers Foundation has planted more than 475 schools to date. The funds for College View School garden are made possible by a grant from the Monsanto Fund.
“The students at College View School are very excited about our new garden,” Schwartz says. “We have incorporated gardening and cooking into our program for a long time … We are looking forward to watching our plants turn into things we can cook and eat.”
Schwartz says the Western Growers Foundation grant has given the student garden new life. The grant helped to expand the garden, which includes new, accessible garden boxes so the children with physical challenges can more easily participate in gardening.
The event is open to media and there will be multiple photo and video opportunities. College View School is located at 1700 E. Mountain Street in Glendale. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information or for a full schedule of the event, please contact WG’s Mikel Pak.
About Western Growers Foundation
Western Growers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports innovative nutrition education projects and programs to create healthy individuals and communities. These projects include online consumer education throughProducepedia.com and school-age outreach with the School Garden Program.
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