Teachers in Our Backyard may change their minds about students chewing gum in class after they learn what the Providence maker of Glee Gum is offering them after winning a national “People & Plant Award” from Green America.
Verve, which created Glee Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits, will use the entire $5,000 prize to give public school teachers free educational, interactive kits to make natural chewing gum, chocolate or gummies in their classrooms.
“We look forward to launching the ‘kits-for-classes’ program, and hope that it encourages more students to think about where goods come from and how natural resources can be used responsibly,” says Deborah Schimberg, the company’s founder and president. The company’s candy-making kits are popular at schools, museums, summer camps, and birthday parties, while its natural Glee Gum line is sold nationwide at thousands of stores and chains like Whole Foods.
Public school teachers can request the free kits on-line. The process of making candy, along with the educational material enclosed in each kit, provides an opportunity to learn about ecology, chemistry, mathematics, measurement, and more. Verve also offers free lesson plans and supplemental teaching tools on its website.