Ingram-Pye principal: Future garden area to help students 'learn and play'

Ingram-Pye principal: Future garden area to help students 'learn and play'

Sponsors, students, facility and staff gather behind Ingram-Pye Elementary School to break ground on an upcoming agriculture project initiative.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Ingram-Pye Elementary School on Anthony Road lacked play grounds, and an innovative way to teach students that promoted healthy habits, according to Leadership Macon's Karen Robertson.

"One of the most depressing things that I've seen in awhile is coming out here, and seeing that these kids are playing in an empty field," says Robertson. 

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning welcomed a garden project, with the addition of a playground area and a ball field, which came after several sponsors granted the school more than $30,000.

Sponsors included: 
Perdue Farms, Macon-Bibb County government, United Way, Leadership Macon, G.E. Capital, Macon Roots and others. 

Robertson adds having a community garden and a playground gives the students 'meaningful activities' to do during recess time.

"They can learn about how to grow their food-having access to fresh fruits and vegetables-which is something this community consistently says they don't have," says Robertson.

School Principal Dr. Quintin Green wants to teach his students how to use gardening skills, and expand what they've learned by selling them at local food markets and to the community. 

He adds the sponsors who made the project possible give the kids something else to look forward to while at Ingram-Pye.

"I think that the biggest impact is our students understanding that someone knows and someone cares what happens to them," says Green.

According to a news release, the garden will consist of raised beds, drip irrigation systems, storage benches, solar lighting and an outdoor classroom.
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