Pascagoula students get green thumbs

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Students at Jackson Elementary in Pascagoula learned where a lot of their food comes from all while getting their hands dirty. The school partnered with master naturalists through Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service to show kids how to plant a garden.

Instead of sitting inside playing video games this weekend, students worked outdoors getting their hands dirty.

"With the help of a grant from the Department of Marine Resources, we are working on building a garden," Teacher Brigette Anderson said.

Gardening is not as easy as it looks. So gardeners from the Jackson County Extension Service volunteered to help the kids make their school look a little nicer.

"A lot of kids don't have that privilege to see a farm and see a garden, so I think it is great for the kids," volunteer Angie Rogers said.

The students worked as team planting and watering dozens of flowers as well as vegetables and herbs they eat every day.

"We are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, squash red peppers, green peppers, and lots herbs," Anderson said.

Even the kids were surprised to find out gardening was so much fun.

"I enjoy doing community service and helping out doing planting," a student said.

"I just wanted to plant at the school and help it look better," another student said.

These teachers are happy to know the students learned a valuable lesson about nature and how to take care of it.

"If we can teach one kid a day where their food comes from and to thank a farmer, I feel like my job is complete," Roger said.

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