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Students At Groton's West Side Middle School Learn About Working Together

Project Modeled After A Book That All 250 Children Read

Students at West Side Middle School picked up their school grounds Friday afternoon, their way of giving back after reading a book about turning a piece of city into a community garden.

At the beginning of the year, the school’s 250 students read the book “Seedfolks” by Paul Fleischman, in which neighbors create a community garden in inner-city Cleveland.

“We’re trying to do the same as they did, by picking up and cleaning up,” said Lyndie Bredy, 12, as she picked up outside the school with her classmates.

Olivia Lyon, 12, said in the story, neighbors worked together.

“They turned it into a really beautiful place,” she said.

Earlier in the day, students took part in an exercise activity called P.A.C.E.S., which stands for Parents And Children Exercising Simultaneously, where parents were invited to stop in and exercise with their children. 

Students gathered again as a school for the cleanup project in the afternoon.

Cecelia Smith May 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Great video, Deb. Thanks for sharing!
Warrine Kavanagh 1 May 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Good going West Side - students, staff, and West Side community once again to combine learning and fun into a community activity. West Side is a combination of amazing students, staff, parents, and community members (even the Mayor Galbraith joined) to come together and support each other. Go West Side - Warrine Kavanagh
Laura Olsen May 15, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Great job done by all! West Side students, parents, and staff should be proud. It was a a lovely day! Laura Olsen

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