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      Elementary kids finish garden

      South Range Elementary students finished up their school garden Wednesday evening by moving dirt and painting tires. Itâ??s part of the Great Explorations program at the school.

      The garden began at the beginning of the summer to teach kids about healthy eating habits and native plants. The garden is made with tires and is shaped like a jet, for the high school mascot, the Jeffers Jets.

      Great Explorations staff members said the students get excited about their garden and learning how food is made.

      â??It's so easy to go to the grocery store and just pick something off the shelf, but realizing how much work goes into making the food that we eat and that we get from the grocery store, I think, is really important for kids to know that it's not just something simple and straight forward and easy,â?? said Great Explorations program director, Rachel Carpenter. â??It's extra work.â??

      The students picked strawberries, lettuce, spinach, and squash as some of the food they planted.