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Students learn about the outdoors with grant

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students at Westside High School stepped out of the classroom and into the great outdoors.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Grant "Project Wild:  School Habitat - Outdoor Classroom" was awarded to Westside Monday morning.

The $3800 grant will allow students to do such things as put up game cameras to track wildlife at night. Students will be building track plots, planting sunflowers and even a nature trail through the woods.

Adele Barnett is a Biology teacher at Westside High School and she says this really benefits her students.

"We've got students that are afraid of turtles, afraid of lizards.  Some of my kids didn't know that plants were alive.  So, we've just got to get them outside instead of sitting in the classroom all the time", says Barnett.

They intend to have their outdoor habitat classroom extend throughout the school's curriculum and include the students in elementary and middle schools.

Westside was the only school in Northeast Arkansas to receive this grant.

 

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