Pascagoula students create gardens during Plant Day

Pascagoula students create gardens during Plant Day

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Students at Eastlawn Elementary in Pascagoula got their hands a little dirty Monday as part of Plant Day. Volunteers from the American Heart Association and Chevron teamed up with the school to teach garden lessons. Students also learned the fundamentals of science, nutrition and health.

"Well we put the things together - the little boxes, then we got the dirt from over there, there use to be a whole mound of dirt," said third grader Kyle Bean. "Then we had several of the volunteers pour buckets in. Then we fill it up and put the plants in."

It's an experience organizers hope will teach lessons beyond planting.

"It's a great project because kids might not normally do this at home," said Jason Colletti with Chevron. "Some of these children, it may be the first time they created a garden, planted a garden, and they get to harvest it and they also get to eat it. What we hope is that they become interested in eating vegetables and eating healthy food, healthy heart foods."

In May, students will have a harvest day, where they will get a chance to taste some of what they planted.

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