Students Build Gardens at Camp Courageous

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Teenagers are building gardens for kids to use this summer at Camp Courageous.

These gardens are specially designed so children with disabilities can help grow the produce and flowers.

It's a partnership between the Camp Courageous and Iowa BIG. Iowa Big is a project based learning course for high school students in Linn County.

The students have to use math plot the gardens and eventually build raised beds. The goal is for campers plant, pick and and cook the fruits and veggies.

The Iowa Big group started planning the project at the start of their school year. They decided to create eight mini-gardens. The students want every activity to be inclusive to all kids.

And they already have ideas for additions to next year's project.

"We're actually creating this garden aspect that is not frequently thought of something that needs to be inclusive. But we're making it so everyone can participate in every activity with the garden," Kaleb Cook said.

"This year I worked on designing a butterfly garden in the shape of a butterfly and that's one of the projects I really hope to be putting in next year," Caitie Steele said.

The students will be back at Camp Courageous next week to finish building the beds.

And the public is invited to Camp Courageous to go look at this project on Sunday April 29th. There will be an open house there from 8 a.m. to noon.


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