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LARWILL â€” â€śYou get to get hands dirty.â€ť According to Kaitlin Frank, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, that is one of the bonuses to being a part of the schoolâ€™s Clean World Association (CWA).
The after-school group works as a hands-on club learning the ins and outs of horticulture.
Laura Thong-Umphai, a teacher at WMS, is the groups leader and started the club to give students the opportunity to experience a working greenhouse and learn a viable trade they could carry on into their adult lives.
â€śThis is a skill the kids could choose to have as a hobby or some might choose to start their own business,â€ť Thong-Umphai said. â€śEither way, they are learning what it takes to grow, maintain and sell plants.â€ť
Last year, the club was able to expand its greenhouse to almost double the size. Having the extra space gave CWA more room to work.
â€śWeâ€™ve added about a 100 flats of plants,â€ť said Thong-Umphai. â€śIt might be more than we need, but itâ€™s really nice to have the room to make choices on what we are going to do and not do. Before we added on, we couldnâ€™t even move. It was just about impossible for us to get anything done.â€ť
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