Case Wiles and Baylen Wright, 8th Graders in EAST at Mena Schools started a project “The Secret Garden”. Holly Harshmen Elementary had a designated garden area which needed attention. Case and Baylen decided to take on the project. They have worked diligently to make improvements since August. They have completed their fire pit, which they dug by hand, and are in the process of purchasing plants and trees for the garden. Other EAST students have joined to help by designing a Hammock and Reading Tent area. With a grant from Farm Bureau, they will create a vegetable garden and outdoor classroom area to help increase the agriculture awareness of students.
This is a wonderful learning opportunity, allowing students to apply their knowledge. Case and Baylen will be teaching other students what they have learned from generations of family farming.
Picture: Polk County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Tony Hooper Case Wiles, Charlotte Wiles ,Melissa Lunsford, Baylen Wright & Cliff Sherrer. Submitted photo.