Paul Public Charter School helps student earn their green thumbs

Paul Public Charter School helps students earn their green thumbs. (Photo: Rebecca McDevitt)

Earning their green thumbs is part of the curriculum for some Paul Public Charter School students.

In class, the students investigated space around the school, interviewed school and community members and made proposals on ways to improve their school's environment.

With support from "Project Learning Tree," the students transformed an eyesore of a wall outside the school into a "green-friendly" mural.

“We really care about each other and the environment, we're like family trying to change everything,” says 13-year-old Eleni Hailu, an 8th grader.

They converted an unused grassy area into a pollinator garden and altered a blacktop area into a home for several vegetable gardens.

The program has helped boost the student's confidence and it also provides a creative outlet for learning.

And it gives them time outside, with their hands in the dirt, working toward a common goal.

“We connect students with things happening in their environment which they can synthesize what being taught in classroom,” says James McGirt, Project Learning Tree’s manager of Every Evolving Green Schools Program.