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Corinth students grow their own garden

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/09/2013 4:54 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - Some Corinth Elementary School first graders have been digging in the dirt recently but with their teacher's permission.

A few weeks ago, we caught them on a chilly April morning putting tomato plants in the ground.

It's part of Project G.R.O.W. which stands for Gardening Raises Our awareness for Wellness.

Principal Brian Knippers said, "We have 60 boxes here. That's one box for each class here at Corinth Elementary. This is part of the Carol M. White Physical Education Grant. It's a supplemental grant involving gardening."

The students take part in everything from preparing the dirt in these raised beds to planting and even getting a little dirty!

Student Sara Chloe Cornelius said, "Today we planted tomatoes and we had a lot of fun doing it."

Student LaDomonic Brown "I like digging in the dirt and getting my hands muddy and dirty!"

Along with students the project has also involved teachers, parents and members of the community.

There's a lot being grown here!

Gardener and physical education staff member Brandon Robbins said, "We just planted tomatoes. We have carrots, corn, radishes, peppers and strawberries."

With school out in a few weeks, you may wonder what will happen to the garden then?

Principal Knippers said, "This will be a year round garden. We have summer programs at the school. We'll have a fruit and vegetable stand for people in the community to come by and make donations to get some produce. It will help perpetuate the program for years to come."

In the process, the students learn about the hard work and also the joy that comes from growing their own food.
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