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School garden helps Harrisburg community

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - Now in its third year, the Harrisburg Middle School Garden has grown into something much bigger thanks to the students and volunteers. The garden has become part of the everyday learning that goes on at the middle school.

"It's not just about plant botany," said GardenCorps Service Member Sanaz Arjomand. "A math class did a project on ratios when we were seeding another patch, so we're trying to involve it in the curriculum as much as possible."

Even if it's not classroom related, the students can spend their recess helping Arjomand plant, build and pick fruits and vegetables.

"I like getting to work out here and see my friends," said student Christopher Pierce. "I also like being able to take home fruits and vegetables."

The garden has also opened up to volunteers who wish to help with the up keep. Every Wednesday from 9am to 6pm, anyone can come by the garden and volunteer their time by signing in at the front office.

 "I'm not a great gardener so I learned a lot here, and I'm actually picking up tips," said volunteer Jim Poole. "A beginner can do it, there's a lot more to it than just planting."

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