Cool Schools: North Corbin Elementary
WALKER - Our Cool School this week is North Corbin Elementary in Walker, where the students really "dig" class.
People always say that kids need to spend more time outdoors. That's why North Corbin began its new teaching garden.
"33% of American children are overweight, and only one in ten high school students eats the recommended fruits and vegetables daily," explains 5th grader Baylen Walker.
The students are at North Corbin Elementary are trying to change that by weeding, building and planting their own garden. It's part of the American Heart Association's teaching garden grant program.
"This is all about getting people to live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke," Heart Walk Director Lee Rayner says. "getting kids to eat vegetables and fruits is a good start."
It's also part of teachers' curriculum for the remainder of the school year. 2nd grade teacher Elisabeth Butler says it helps kids learn a variety of subjects.
"We can teach math through our garden," she told News Two's Kylie Dixon. "We can measure and observe, and it works into science."
Students put in a lot of hard work before the gardening even began. Instead of playing at recess, they built their own planters. Walker High School students have also helped guide the kids from North Corbin, making it a community-wide effort.
Supporters hope the learning and the garden at North Corbin Elementary will both continue to grow.
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