Migrant Kids Learn To Grown Their Own Food


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) If your parents are migrant workers, what do you as a kid do to say out of trouble during the summer? For starters, there's summer school to keep you occupied.

About 100 migrant students from Pre-K through fifth grade are going to Oregon Trail Elementary School this summer. Using only grass seed, nylon stockings, and a cup, migrant children are learning about agriculture by growing their own "chia pets."

Shari Cowger, Principal of Oregon Trail's Migrant Summer School, says, "That will grow over the course of the three weeks. And then we're gone. We come back for the last two weeks. They will harvest them and we have nutrition classes. Then they will learn how to take those things, make food for themselves, and sustainability."

The Twin Falls School District has held summer school for migrant children the last 15 or 20 years. This is just one of their many activities.

Teacher Tracey Harris says, "We'll go to a dairy, we'll go to a greenhouse, we're going to go to the cheese factory. We go to the fish hatchery. We go lots of places that they might not normally see in their everyday lives. That gives them a context and something to link their learning to when the come back to the school in the fall."

Those field trips will help these migrant kids understand their parent's ag-related jobs. The kids will also plant, grow, weed, and harvest a community garden this summer. The program is so successful that kids want to come back to help out.

Cowger says, "I have several volunteers of students who were here in the past. Some of them are doing their senior project here."

For the children who are still struggling with their English, the hands-on activities help them learn by seeing what's going on.

June 13, 2013.

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