September 22, 2013
Community Partners have teamed up to help a vision become a reality at L.C. Kerr Elementary School.
Clinton City Schools coordinator Jeff Swartz, Sampson County Cooperative Extension/4-H Agent Amanda Bradshaw and Kerr principal Jan Smith, along with teacher leaders, began discussions of a garden project last spring. Since then, many community partnerships have been formed.
Among those participating partners are: Clinton City Schools, including CHS carpentry and horticulture classes, maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, and Kerr school faculty; Sampson County Master Gardeners; the Clinton Area Foundation for Education; Clinton City Garden Club; Murphy Brown, LLC.; Sampson County Department of Transporation; local businesses and farmers; Sampson Community College’s horticulture program; Sampson’s 4-H program; Kerr PTSO and parents; and the Boy Scouts of America.
Kerr students will use the raised garden boxes for hands-on learning. Teachers will integrate curriculum standards with real life experiences as the students grow plants and explore the gardens.
Deirdre Moore’s First grade students discover the make-up of soil. Pictured are: Ayden Lamb, Savannah Gentry,Zyhan Wallace, and David Acosta-Lopez