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Clairton educators approve use of grounds for garden project

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 3:26 a.m.

A section of Clairton Education Center grounds will be set aside for students to maintain a garden for science enrichment.

In a 7-0 vote on Wednesday with directors Roger Tachoir and Robert Harrigan absent, the school board approved use of an area between the fence and gazebo along Waddell Avenue.

The CASTLE after-school program, open to middle school students, will take on a Sense of Place learning program in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh as part of an environmental science and ecology curriculum.

“It will help students plan and prepare, because they'll be developing their own garden,” school board president Richard Livingston said. “It helps their mathematics skills, and they get to watch the stages of their plan come through.”

Livingston said the garden will help to provide healthy food for families, as well.

“Our students will be growing vegetables that they can enjoy in everyday meals,” Livingston said.

The garden project is planned for a spring start, and it will be maintained by parents and community volunteers during the summer. Livingston said the district plans to reach out to Clairton's Unity Committee, which maintains a garden along St. Clair Avenue.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or

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