Local students grow food for good cause

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES (KPLC) - Months of hard work in the garden are paying off for students at Ralph F. Wilson Elementary School.

This week students are picking the harvested fall crops they have been growing since September.

"This is the first time we've actually harvested," says Linda Hooper, a fifth grade teacher at Ralph F. Wilson Elementary. "We recently became a member of the Louisiana 4-H LSU AgCenter doing the Junior Gardener Program."

This program allows all grades to plant their own section of a garden at the school.

"We plant radishes, cabbages, and mustard greens," says Ambrenae Melanson, a fifth grade student at Ralph Wilson Elementary. "We learned how to put the seeds in the ground and that we need to water them everyday.

But the school garden at Ralph Wilson not only teaches students the basics of gardening, but it also gives students an opportunity to give back what they have learned.

On Tuesday students brought in food from their garden to Abraham's Tent in Lake Charles.

"We didn't know what to do with it," says Melanson. "We're just giving back to the community."

As their garden project is not only a harvest for their school, but for the entire community.

Next Tuesday, December 15th students will be feeding their fall crops to their parents for Parent Night.

After that the students will begin preparation for their spring harvest.

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