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Mrs. Prather’s Mini course, the outdoor classroom, is an excellent opportunity for students to really “get their hands dirty”. The class focuses on how animals and agriculture coexist and benefit each other in a particular ecosystem. Right now the class is preparing the garden for a fall crop and introducing various animals, including: chickens, goats, turkeys,rabbits, and they have even managed to dig up a couple garden snakes. Erik Rodriguez, an Outdoors Classroom student, commented on the class saying “We are working to make the world greener, and the class is fun because we get to plant and hang out. Every Tuesday they bring a new animal to school that we get to see”.
Mrs. Prather, in cooperation with the Urban Garden Coalition, has really worked hard to show the kids fun and environmentally friendly ways to feed the community and help the environment at the same time.
The class also works with Mrs. Compton’s culinary arts course to introduce fruits, vegetables and herbs to the student that they may not have previously tried. Kale, Rhubarb, and Swiss chard are all on the menu and the kids are finding that introducing new veggies into the diet can be a good thing.