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Students Learn from Community Gardens

Students Learn from Community Gardens

Creating green spaces like community gardens propels partnerships and supports collaborative learning.

What began as a service learning opportunity has blossomed into an outside classroom that has increased school pride at Cherry Hills Alternative School in New Jersey.

The Cherry Hills Garden gives the students who attend the alternative school a sense of pride and ownership. The garden is maintained daily by 10 students and has led to a school-wide beautification project. The garden has also flatten classroom walls by providing students an opportunity to explore science concepts outside the classroom and raise environmental awareness.

Science teacher Paul Arno uses the garden as a classroom.

“They get the picture along with the words,” said Arno. “Students can know it on one level, but when they see it [in action], they really start to get it.”

Community gardens are growing all over the country inspiring partnerships between schools and communities organizations. First Lady Michelle Obama supports community gardens and hopes to educate children about healthy eating with the White House Garden.

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