ELKHART, Ind. — St. Thomas School in Elkhart is growing the minds of its students, while teaching them how to grow their own food.
The students there are practicing hands-on learning through a new community garden.
“It was an under-utilized space i think that we had,” said Principal Chris Adamo.
An unused courtyard has been transformed into a garden budding with laughter.
The idea was executed beyond expectation, according to Adamo. He said, it was the director of lunch services, Immacolata Varacalli, who originally thought of a use for the courtyard.
She says after walking through the empty space every day she thought, what about a school garden?
“After researching, the school garden benefits the school so much, said Varacalli. “The children learn from beginning to end about fresh produce and how beneficial it is for us.”
But they are also learning about teamwork. Students say, it was a bonding experience.
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