ECMS students get a green thumb

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 01:01 PM.

"I'd love to see some basil, mint and cilantro plants," Morreale said. "The kids really like to make their own salsa."

"They do make the best salsa," Spence added. "We all eat it."

From a scholarly perspective, kids can learn more from getting their hands dirty than trying to grow seeds in a Styrofoam cup. The garden is often referred to as an "outdoor classroom."

"Students will learn a lot about plant and earth science with the real-world application," Spence said. "I'd love to see them design irrigation systems to water the plants."

 The interactive approach to learning allows students to see first-hand what they're learning about in science class.

"They get to see things actually grow and prosper and know that they've achieved something," Morreale said. "They can see the fruits of their labor and know that there is a reward at the end."

And even when class isn't in session, there will still be a beautiful garden for the staff, faculty and students to appreciate.

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