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Elementary Students Enjoy a Relaxing Spot in the Garden

" The garden gives students a glimpse into how different soils and climates affect plants and insects.
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Students attending Anne Frank Elementary in Dallas know they always have access to a relaxing spot in the school garden. The school is in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) and the garden has been a part of its fabric for the last 10 years. The garden gives students a glimpse into how different soils and climates affect plants and insects. Students are invited to enjoy a desert garden, a shade garden, a vegetable garden and an herb garden. The garden is also a source of fresh herbs and vegetables that students enjoy in reimbursable meals served at the elementary school. Fresh Malabar spinach, cilantro, and other herbs are just some of the items students have been able to enjoy fresh from the garden.

The school developed the garden in partnership with the Dallas County Texas Master Gardener program, which is affiliated with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. This year, the school garden coordinator, 3rd grade teacher Kimberley Saroni, has major goals for growing garden partnerships. She would like to invite community members to take part in garden upkeep as a way to learn and connect. She is also working hard to encourage other teachers to teach as many lessons as possible in this outdoor learning environment.

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