Letcher County students learn life lessons through gardening

BLACKEY, Ky (WYMT) - On Tuesday, students and staff from Letcher Middle School ditched the classroom and headed outside to complete the latest phase of a gardening project.

They jokingly call themselves the Cabbage Patch Kids because well, they are kids and they are planting a cabbage patch.

Sixth grade student Caleb Lewis said it is a project months in the making.

"We have planted some things in the library, in the science room and now we are starting to transplant them," said Lewis.

Letcher Middle School 21st Century Coordinator Michele Stamper tells WYMT their inspiration for the gardens was simple.

"A lot of our kids are losing our heritage of gardening," said Stamper.

So she, along with teachers like Brett Srader, decided to plan lessons that would show kids it is not only easy to grow their own food but fun too.

"People really hopped on board with it and they were like this is a great way to include hands on learning into our classrooms," said Srader.

Science teacher Lane Carr, who is also participating in the gardening project, admits the road has been bumpy. But in the end, he said it has been worth it.

"We have definitely messed up a lot of things and killed lots of plants.It has been kind of a mess but you know what, we are learning and we are recording. We hope we can kind of be a model for other schools to do this too," said Carr.

According to seventh grader Luke Blair, the teachers have their support.

"I think it is cool because we actually get to go outside and work with the garden. We just do not have to stay inside," said Blair.

Eighth grade student Katie Braswell said she cannot agree more.

"It has been a really great hands on activity for us," said Braswell.

Later this year, the students plan to sell the produce they grow. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders are participating in the project.


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