Lincoln Elementary breaks ground on new garden

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Come fall, Lincoln Elementary School students will be learning in a new, outside classroom.

Wednesday, the students broke ground on the school-wide garden meant to teach kids math and science. 4th grade math teacher, Shane Terzaken, said the garden will also teach students life long lessons.

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“It’s always been a belief of mine, and studies show, if you can get kids to work hands on and feel it, touch it smell it, you know, really get into it, they’re going to learn much more. It’s going to sink in instead of coming in and them regurgitating it,” Terzaken said.

Students will plant, weed and water all the plants. The plan is to first use the food inside the school, but Terzaken hopes to eventually sell it.

The garden is a four phase project. The first is planned for this fall. It includes five raised beds,  fruit trees, a potting station and planting the fall crop. Additional phases include an outdoor classroom, a greenhouse, a pathway and more beds.

While the school hopes to finish the project by the end of the 2017-2018 school year, teachers say it’s contingent on funding and donations.