Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Uprooting Students from the Classrooms to the Garden
(KUTV) – It is a lesson where no textbooks are needed. Second-graders at Copperview Elementary School are spending class time outdoors working in the school garden. Not only are they getting an opportunity to learn how to work in a garden, they are also getting some exercise. In fact, a two-year study by Cornell University suggests that kids at schools with gardens were moderately physically active at school for 10 more minutes every week. “It is a great way to help kids have an academic experience but also have some physical activity that is much more fun than sitting at a desk reading a book about how to do something.”
Principal Chanci Loran says kids also get a valuable learning experience by working in the garden. “They are learning the process of a life cycle and they are also learning about hard work and caring for a product.”
In the fall, the vegetables are harvested and given back to all the green thumbs at the school. The garden was donated by the United Way.
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