March 11, 2014

At Ebinport Elementary, learning by growing

Ebinport Elementary School students are at work in the Rock Hill school’s outdoor garden, learning about the foods they grow and then eat in the school cafeteria.

Fourth-graders at Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill got out of their stuffy classrooms Tuesday to work in their garden.

Ebinport’s garden is in its third growing season. It’s run by garden coordinator and School Improvement Council member Kelly Sebastian and her husband, Mark. Students and teachers work to grow everything from rice to peas.

The point of the garden is to teach students to connect the foods they eat with the produce they grow. Carrots, spinach and more will be served in the school cafeteria. Sebastian also coordinates with classroom teachers to design garden programming that supports classroom curriculum in science, math, history and other subjects.

– Rachel Southmayd and Stephanie Marks Martell

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