Burke County Middle School students design and construct garden beds

Monday, April 15, 2019
News 12 This Morning

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's not your traditional classroom. Students at Burke County Middle School are all hands on deck creating garden beds.

A little dirt and a ton of teamwork goes a long way at Burke County Middle School.

"I look at it, and I'm proud of it because I can see what's going to happen with it," said Jada Curd, 8th Grade Student at Burke County Middle School.

Proud. Because everything from the design to the construction of these garden beds was done by these middle school students.

"We had the 7th and 8th grade design the garden, everything that's out here," said Skyler Brown, 6th Grade Student, "Then we had the 6th grade come out here and put all the blocks down."

This project is years in the making. Thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Education, it's able to happen.

"It's unconventional because were not sitting at a desk learning about soil," explained Kenesha Reddick, Science Teacher at Burke County Middle School, "We're actually outside, getting our hands dirty, constructing a garden and learning about soil."

It wasn't easy.

"It was more being devoted and actually wanting to go. But we pushed through it and still did our best work when we went," said Curd.

Teachers say the teach-able moments you get outside are hard to replicate in the classroom.

"It's really awesome to see 6th grade boys getting engaged in gardening," said Kara LeClair, Farm to School Coordinator.

"Everybody in the class we put in a team effort to do it," said Brown.

Judging by the size, it was no small feat either.

Students tell News 12 NBC 26 they're also working on an outdoor classroom. They also aspire to do artwork on the concrete blocks that line the garden beds.