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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Highland Middle School breaks ground for garden

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Students and local dignitaries were present May 5 for the ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for Highland Middle School's newest project, The Delta Garden Study Garden. Pictured above, Highland Superintendent James Floyd and Judith Weber, lead investigator for the program, cut the ribbon with pruning shears welcoming students to break ground in their new garden. Photo/Tammy Curtis
A large group of students, local dignitaries and citizens were present on May 5 to show their support for the Highland Middle School's groundbreaking for their Delta Garden Study Garden.

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.

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