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Mid-Michigan school using garden to teach responsibility

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Miyanna McCraw, 11, is doing more than just playing in the dirt these days. Along with several of her classmates at Holmes STEM Academy, McGraw is planting a brighter future.

"Like, when I was little I use to love to play in the dirt and get dirty and I love flowers and dirt," McCraw said.

The Flint School System is celebrating the end of summer by preparing to grow fruits and vegetables in their brand new garden beds; all with the support of the Crim Fitness Foundation and FoodCorps Michigan.

This isn’t a job for Javarian Donaldson, but instead a responsibility he enjoys.

"Pulling the weeds out of our garden and we are able to plant new stuff in our garden," Donaldson said.

For seven years Beverly Hilliard has been part of the Flint City School system and for the second year in a row she's part of this program.  The reason why? She said it’s growing on her.

"When I’m pulling up weeds here and I’m like not sure what kind it is then we take that and try to find out together," Hilliard said.

And together is a frame for this program’s success, aimed at allowing these students to invest in a project they can call their own and grow.

"It gives them that opportunity that they might normally not have and then they can take it home and redo it at home,” Hilliard said. “And it also allows them to have ownership when they come in the fall and see these flowers growing or these plants growing and these clean flower beds, they can say to their friends ‘I did that. Remember how horrible they looked yesterday or last week?’"

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