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Raleigh Students Aim To Profit From Science Center In Many Ways

Posted October 23, 2001

— A Raleigh middle school has launched a unique greenhouse project for fun, learning, and eventually, for profit.

Carnage Middle School students are ready to open their Ecosystem Learning Center. Different classes combined to make the project work.

Horticulture students planted, while other students are in charge of marketing and the sales of the plants they grow.

All of the students will benefit from the living, outdoor laboratory.

"We found that enabling the children to actually get in there and do the things rather than just read about them helps them to learn much faster," said teacher Linda Halliday.

The center has a pond that teachers stocked with fish. They hope to attract insects, turtles and frogs.

The center is not just for science students.

"Teachers can come out here with their language arts students to help them get inspiration for writing a story or something," said student Ashley Alston.

Inside the greenhouse, students will grow plants for their campus and the neighborhood.

"[The plants] will reproduce and they'll make more plants and we'll just gather them," said student Nick Wendehorst.

Students hope to grow enough plants for public sale. They plan to take the profits from the plants they grow and sell and put them back into the Ecosystem Learning Center.

In time, they hope to double the size of the learning center.

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