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Grow It Know It


Middle school students are getting in touch with their green thumbs, as the Grow It, Know It program allows them to experience new activities and skills through gardening.

The GIKI program, which began about five years ago, supports farm to school programming in Clarke County and Barrow County schools. An Americorps VISTA — a network of national service programs that aim to improve lives and foster civic engagement — is placed in each school, and they work with teachers to allow students to experience and develop skills in sustainable agriculture and family and consumer science through activities, such as growing plants and caring for animals.


According to Barb Saunders, Agriculture Science Instructor at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School (BHL), the school  is excited to have the Classic City Lions Club provide the materials for the construction of new raised garden beds at the facility. The new beds will triple the available space for the students to plant, and eventually harvest produce. There are over 200 students enrolled in agriculture science classes at BHL, and they will benefit greatly from the opportunity to learn hands on experiences with the new resources. With limited available financial resources to schools,  the help of a Community partner like the Lions Club is a big help in insuring middle school students have the chance to enjoy the best possible educational experiences.


Developing new beds

Jim Warrner, Classic City Lions Club member and VISTA service worker at BHL, said "the students are offered opportunities to get involved on a larger level."

“It’s amazing when a child puts a seed in the ground, and four days later they see it come up. They can’t believe that they’ve done that,” Warrner said.