Highland is one of five schools in the state to participate in the program. The Delta Garden Study is a collaborative effort between the school, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
As a participant in the study, designed to reduce childhood obesity, the Highland Middle School will receive a curriculum aligned to the Arkansas State Frameworks for science, math, literacy and physical education.
The students will work hands on with a full time garden specialist to develop a one acre garden.
They will also receive a chicken coop with chickens, a worm box and worms for composting, as well as the support from the staff.
Students in grades 4-6 will learn about growing a garden, harvesting and even preparing the food from the garden.
Judith L. Weber, PhD., from UAMS welcomed the large group to the ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremony.
Dr. Weber is the Lead Investigator of the Delta Garden Study, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
She is a childhood obesity researcher with over 15 years of experience in obesity prevention and treatment, energy balance, and dietary and physical activity assessment.
A full time garden specialist will be on staff at the school and help students and staff with the garden.
Students said they look forward to growing and harvesting their garden.