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Forsyth County children learn gardening for Earth Day


The Goddard School opens new Goddard Garden



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The children of the Goddard School in Cumming learned about gardening for Earth Day, April 22. In front, from left, are James Zereini, Ryan Grant, Colton Croft and Sara Kay Walker. Behind them is Dr. Phil Green, affectionately known as Dr. Dirt. CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)

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Dr. Dirt, (Dr. Phil Green) and Goddard School Business Manager David Ewell helped Goddard School students learn about plants and soils for Earth Day. CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)

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CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)

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CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)

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CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. In a partnership with Viridiun, an environmental company, the Goddard School, 5416 Bethelview Road, in Cumming, launched a new outdoor learning program for their students.

"We thought Earth Day would be the perfect day to open the garden for our students," Goddard School Business Manager David Ewell said.

The Goddard Garden is one of several outdoor learning programs started at the school and is a hands-on learning opportunity for the students.

"The kids will be caring for the garden themselves," Ewell said.

Earth Day was April 22.

Ewell said Goddard employee Jeanne Cagle and her husband Allen planted various fruit and herbs, including a miniature apple tree.

Soil from Viridiun was used and the company's "Dr. Dirt," Dr. Phil Green, a soil pathologist, was on hand to talk to the kids about dirt and the importance of nutritious oil.

The kids were able to tour the garden and touch the dirt, but were careful near the plants.

"Goddard Schools around the country are engaged in various learning projects focused on taking care of the planet as we kick off this week with Earth Day," Ewell said.

This article was published in the Forsyth Herald May 1, 2013 edition

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