Students are finding fresh food and learning opportunities in the school garden, and learning tastes good!
At Beckley-Stratton Middle School, students have planted the seeds and beautified the area where three gardens are located. The first garden was established two years ago behind Beckley Elementary, and with additional funding, a smaller patio garden joined it. The newest and largest garden is now in an open field at the middle school.
In the largest garden, tires are painted with bright colors and filled with flowers. Cinderblock benches, an archway, and picnic tables are also part of the garden, which is an outdoor classroom.
“The students (6th-8th graders) did all the building of the benches, the assembly of the archway and the painting of the tires,” said garden coordinator Vickie Webb, a long term Spanish teacher . “We wanted to make it very colorful and kid-friendly.”
Garden activities include science and math applications, as well as learning about foods and nutrition.