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      Students work on green thumbs

      Students at the Marquette Alternative High School are working with AmeriCorps volunteers to build the first handicap-accessible greenhouse in the U.P. The community garden they're building is a service project for AmeriCorps members and a learning experience for the students.

      They're constructing wheelchair-accessible raised beds inside the greenhouse. Organizers say this project goes beyond classroom knowledge for the students.

      "The benefit of sustainability is wonderful, but really the community connection and community component of connecting our kids with their hometown is beyond important; it's just a great thing," said Andrew Crunkleton, MAHS Principal.

      Students already have plants growing inside the school. Once the gardens are complete, they'll move the plants into the greenhouse.