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Service Valley Charter Academy integrates agriculture into lessons


ONE SOUTHEAST KANSAS SCHOOL IS TAKING A HANDS ON APPROACH TO THEIR CIRRICULUM. SERVICE VALLEY CHARTER ACADEMY, WHICH IS PART OF THE OSWEGO SCHOOL DISTRICT, INTERGRATES ELEMENTS OF AGRICULTURE INTO THEIR LEARNING. THE SCHOOL HAS 116 STUDENTS RANGING FROM KINDERGARDEN TO EIGHTH GRADE. AND WHETHER THE LESSON IS IN MATH, SCIENCE OR READING, INSTRUCTORS ARE ABLE TO USE THEIR GREENHOUSE OR ANIMALS IN THEIR BARN FOR THE LEARNING EXCERCISE. THE SCHOOL MADE THE SWITCH TO A CHARTER BACK IN 2008. STUDENTS SAY BEING ABLE TO GET THEIR EDUCATION AT A FACILITY LIKE THIS HAS MADE THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE EXCITED TO COME TO SCHOOL. Owen Jackson, 6th Grade”I kinda look forward to it because I get to see my friends and get to do this. But there’s still normal school, so.”Kaytee Blumer, 8th Grade”Uh, I know I want to work with animals. I don’t know what I want to do but it has to be with animals though.” MANY OF THE ANIMALS AT THE SCHOOL HAVE BEEN DONATED FROM INDUVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY. AND ONE OF THE THEIR GOATS RECENTLY WELCOMED TWO BABY KIDS JUST LAST WEEK. A LOCAL CHILD DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER GETS A BACKYARD ADDITION TO BRING A SMILE TO HIS FACE DURING TREATMENT. KSN’S JOIE BETTENHAUSEN

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