Students learn about the outdoors with grant

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Studentsat Westside High School stepped out of the classroom and into the greatoutdoors.

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

The $3800 grant will allowstudents to do such things as put up game cameras to track wildlife at night. Studentswill be building track plots, planting sunflowers and even a nature trailthrough the woods.

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

"We've got students that are afraid of turtles, afraid oflizards.  Some of my kids didn't knowthat plants were alive.  So, we've justgot to get them outside instead of sitting in the classroom all the time", saysBarnett.

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

Westside was the onlyschool in Northeast Arkansas to receive this grant.

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