Local state representative visits area school garden

A local state representative is doing hands-on learning beyond the walls of a classroom.

GROW La Crosse and the Wisconsin School Garden Network invited Jill Billings to State Road Elementary to see how garden-based learning benefits students.

She took part in GROW’s Cultural Connections lesson with fourth and fifth graders.

The lesson connects students with other cultures in our area.

An introduction to Ho-Chunk culture, multi-lingual words, and different uses for plants, was the focus of today’s lesson.

Billings is impressed by how engaged students are with the garden.

“The kids are eating vegetables now that they normally wouldn’t eat, because they grew them themselves. So it’s helping with nutrition and also connecting them to the food they eat,” Billings said.

Later this week the students will do an art project that goes along with what they have been learning

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