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–Grant supports a community-based, urban, sustainable agricultural education
 program at Highland Community School–

Milwaukee (February 11th, 2014) – The Cousins Subs® Make it Better Foundation has awarded a grant to Highland Community School, a public Montessori charter school, to support its “Teach a Child to Fish” educational program.  The program’s goal is to create a community-based, urban, sustainable agricultural education program that alleviates hunger, promotes health & wellness and provides a holistic education to its students.

Through the program, Highland Community School will develop gardens and outdoor learning labs, classroom-based projects, a composting initiative, living aquaponics systems, a small-scale greenhouse, and a community café.  All of these tools are intended to incorporate learning relevant to all ages that are relative to every academic subject.

“Half of our students qualify for free or reduced meals and have limited access to fresh food,” explained Kathleen Ronco, Executive Director of Highland Community School.  “‘Teach a Child to Fish’ provides our students with proper nourishment, while also giving them the education and skills to prepare fresh food for themselves and their families.”
The Make it Better Foundation hThree Highland Community School students enjoy fresh tomatoes from their garden as part of the "Teach a Child to Fish" initiativeas established three areas of interest it believes are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education.

“‘Teach a Child to Fish’ exemplifies our foundation’s three core missions,” said Christine Specht-Palmert, president and COO of Cousins Subs, and president of the Make It Better Foundation.  “The work Highland is doing through this program will not only impact its 400 students and their families, but also the Milwaukee community at large.”

To learn more about Highland Community School and its “Teach a Child to Fish” initiative, please visit or contact Leana Nakielski, Development Director:   

Nonprofit and community organizations interested in more information on how to apply for a grant can visit


Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 130 sub sandwich shops in four states, with bold expansion plans. The first Cousins Subs was established in Milwaukee in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin. Their dream was to bring East Coast-style sub sandwiches to Milwaukee – with their own handcrafted touch. They started with their bread, developing a secret recipe with the perfect taste and crunch. That bread is the cornerstone of the Cousins Subs slogan, “Better Bread. Better Subs. Better Day.” The original recipe is still closely followed at every Cousins Subs store, where each sandwich is made to order using freshly sliced deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables – and the bread is baked fresh each day. Forty-one years later and still family owned, Cousins Subs employees and franchisees are driven by their mission to “Make it a Better Day” in all they do. In 2013, the brand proudly announced the establishment of the Make it Better Foundation, dedicated to funding causes that address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook and Twitter.


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