School Kids and Faculty Work Together to Benefit School and Community

West Virginia

At Arnoldsburg Elementary School, teachers and students have come together to take their math and science lessons to a whole new level of being interactive, while helping out their school and the community.

“We received a community schools facilitator and she actually helps meet with the community and organizes events as well as helps with the gardening program”, says Principal Charles Thomas.

And the kids aren’t anything less than excited.

“These cherry tomatoes are the best I have ever had”, remarked an excited Orion Swearengin, student at Arnoldsburg Elementary School.

“So we are able to use this greenhouse not only for science but for math standards as well”, says Sonja Hartshorn, teacher at Arnoldsburg Elementary.

Students are in their second season of planting and harvesting their own veggies for them to eat. The vegetables gathered outside go directly back into the school, and are served up on the school’s salad bar, bringing a whole new variety of food and options to the growing kids.

“Well it is a fun experience and I love eating the vegetables out of the salad bar”, replied Orion. 

Not only are the kids getting a chance to try new foods and become more healthy, they also learn the roots tied to the region – of self-sustainability and then reaping the benefits from hard work.

“These kids, you know, their parents didn’t really garden a whole lot, so it used to be my parents gardened and then now, then it was your grandparent’s garden, and sometimes these kids – none of their family members they recall have gardened, so we are just trying to bring it back and make the kids and the community a healthier place”, says Tracey Keaton, Community Facilitator for Arnoldsburg Elementary.

The school has even bigger plans in the future, with the creation of a new community garden to help the local area eat more healthy, as well as introduce other kids to the benefits of growing a garden.

Whether it’s digging, planting, picking, or eating, the kids here at Arnoldsburg Elementary School are finding new ways to make their learning more interactive in the science and math fields in Calhoun County. 

Arnoldsburg Elementary is currently offering spots in their community for you to claim. If you are interested, contact the school by calling 304-655-8616. 

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