Cobb students learn life lessons in the garden - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Cobb students learn life lessons in the garden

Posted: Updated:
Teachers and students tend to one of the new gardens at Sope Creek Elementary School designed to teach students in a non-traditional way. Teachers and students tend to one of the new gardens at Sope Creek Elementary School designed to teach students in a non-traditional way.
MARIETTA, Ga. -

Playing in the dirt is a dream assignment for any child, but some Cobb County children are not just playing. A couple of special gardens at one school are yielding a crop of life lessons for some students.

Students at Sope Creek Elementary are getting their first lessons of the day in an unorthodox setting. They are tending to one of the school's new gardens.

Their teachers are exposing these suburban students to farming right in their school's brand new learning garden. But it isn't so much a garden as it is an outdoor classroom.

Over the course of three days, a team of employees from Lowes created two garden spaces on Sope Creek's grounds. They included a 3,600 square foot fruit and vegetable garden as well as a greenhouse.

The goal is to not only teach the children about farming, but to incorporate the things taught in the traditional classroom into the everyday life of the garden. Teachers say that the outdoor gardens can be used in just about every subject.

Scott's Miracle Grow donated all the dirt and Whole Foods donated the vegetables. The gardens were designed by the Young Landscape Architects of Atlanta, many of which are alumni of Sope Creek.

Keep Cobb Beautiful also made a donation towards the Five Senses Garden.

Watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the Sope Creek Elementary School gardens on their blog.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Recipe: Blissful Lowcountry Boil

    Recipe: Blissful Lowcountry Boil

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:05:26 GMT
    Blissful Lowcountry Boil Ingredients
    Blissful Lowcountry Boil Ingredients 4qts Water ½ cup Old Bay ½ cup Lemon Juice 1tbsp kosher salt 2 sliced shallots 8 garlic cloves 1lb Andouille sausage 1lb of New Potatoes 6 ears of corn shucked and
  • Pike Nurseries

    Spring Container Gardens

    Spring Container Gardens

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:21:54 GMT
    Container gardens are just as unique and diverse as gardens.
    Container gardens are just as unique and diverse as gardens.
  • Improve your commute with the "One Bus Away" app

    Improve your commute with the "One Bus Away" app

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:03:23 GMT
    Don't you hate when you're waiting for mass transit and have no idea when that train or bus will show up? Now, there's an app for that and it's saving people time and money.
    Don't you hate when you're waiting for mass transit and have no idea when that train or bus will show up? Now, there's an app for that and it's saving people time and money.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices