Students Build Outdoor Classroom

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 5:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm

6th Graders at Canyon Hills Middle School are not waiting until they grow up to make a difference.

They put their heads together to come up with plan to improve their school. Now, they're putting that plan into action.

Andrea Tracy's 6th Graders are learning the joy of getting their hands dirty. After she won an $81,000 dollar service learning grant, she had her students put on their thinking caps to decide what to do with it.

"My students came up with a list of things they would do to help the school look better." says Tracy.

The kids developed a survey and asked other students what they would like. Number one on the list was an outdoor classroom. Now, they're in the process of building it. One thing they're doing is planting flowers.

The students are learning about the environment by putting in plants that grow well in the desert and don't use much water.

Ms. Tracy is hoping what they children learn here will go a long way toward exposing the whole community to more environmentally friendly ways of doing things, especially planting the rights kids of plants for the desert and water conservation. The work on the outdoor classroom is just getting started.

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