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Gardening teaches children life skills

9:49 PM, Mar. 23, 2013
Students from the John Edwards High School Ecology Club in Port Edwards work in a campus garden in 2011. The school is among those awarded a grant from Security Health Plan to promote the Sprouting Healthy Kids program. The garden is used to demonstrate moving produce from the soil to the plate in the school's foods programs, and is a setting for academic classes.
Students from the John Edwards High School Ecology Club in Port Edwards work in a campus garden in 2011. The school is among those awarded a grant from Security Health Plan to promote the Sprouting Healthy Kids program. The garden is used to demonstrate moving produce from the soil to the plate in the school's foods programs, and is a setting for academic classes.
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Through a partnership with the Wood County Health Department, Marshfield-based Security Health Plan has awarded $100,000 in grants for central Wisconsin-area schools and child care centers to develop gardens.

The program, Sprouting Healthy Kids, aims to encourage the production and use of local food among children, from toddlers to teenagers, at about 50 local schools and child care centers.

"Gardening teaches children cooperation and patience while enriching math and science skills, said Kelly Beggs, a teacher at Alexander Middle School in Nekoosa. ...

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