Greenhouse at Lawndale Elementary teaches healthy habits

A greenhouse at Lawndale Elementary encourages students to try new vegetables.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 9:13 AM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 9:15 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Growing Healthy Waves initiative in Tupelo fosters creative efforts to encourage kids to eat those vegetables.

Fourth grade students at Lawndale Elementary are developing quite the green thumb. This is the first green house in the Tupelo Public School District, which is made possible through community grants from Boerner Be Wild and Toyota.

The Sprout House was officially dedicated in September.

Sarah Murphy works with Growing Healthy Waves as a FoodCorps service member.

"It's just a great learning environment," Murphy said.

The lesson this week is "Seed Ya Later," teaching students about seeds and how they travel. For example, did you know that strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside?

As part of the activity, students planted lettuce, purple cauliflower, kale and broccoli. These are all items that will be served in school salad bars.

Educators say healthy children do better academically. The key is introducing these vegetables and fruits in a creative way.

"Kids get invested in the things they are growing," Murphy said.

"You could have a kid whose never tried Swiss chard before, they plant the seed and see it grow, they are more likely to try it."

The green house also provides an effective way to grow starters, which are used to sustain the other school gardens in the district.

A plant sale is planned for this fall. Funds from the sale will be used to purchase needed items to support the greenhouse at Lawndale Elementary.

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