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      Carver Elementary Academy students use their green thumbs

      Students at Carver Elementary are getting some hands on experience when it comes to gardening. For 15 years the school has kept an outside garden. Pronews 7 is featuring these students work in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.

      Carver Elementary Academy houses both an outside garden for fall and spring and a greenhouse for those cold winter months.

      "In the winter time we can do gardening with hydroponics in the greenhouse and then when the kids come back we do a fall garden and then we do a spring garden," said Molly Williams, Environmental Science.

      Some of the things you can find in the garden are pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, and that's just to name a few. The students do a lot of the work from planting, mulching to picking. It's all about giving them that hands on experience.

      "It gives them a hands on experience of putting a seed in the ground and watching it grow and then they learn about gardening and then when they harvest we get to eat what they grew," said Williams.

      For the kids, they say their favorite part is planting because they get to get dirty.

      "I get to get dirty and I get to know how to plant stuff so I can plant it at my own house," said 4th grader, Katelin Carter.

      While the students think they're having fun, they're also soaking in a lot of knowledge as well.

      "The environment and life cycles of many different insects and animals and adaptation with plants and they really get to see that versus just looking at a picture," said Williams.

      Williams also says besides gardening, the school has fish inside the greenhouse they care for.