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UWL student-teacher connecting kids with gardening

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) GROW La Crosse is a non-profit organization that aims to connect children with healthy food and nature. The organization often works closely with children in schools, but with the shut down of all schools that is making that connection more difficult.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse education major Alexander Keller requested to fulfill his student teaching requirements with GROW La Crosse. His focus is developing a passion for teaching students about nature. With the school closures, that has required out of the box thinking. Keller has helped provide resources and videos to students to connect them with healthy food and nature using distance learning.

Keller says developing this connection with nature at a young age is important. "Exposing them to what it looks like to grow something to make it seem like an option that they can actually engage in to make it be something that they can actually do I think is important so that they understand how everything works and how everything is incorporated."

Keller also says by doing this, he can hopefully get students hooked on gardening for life, "My hope is only that I can give them a small bit of my passion and if they find that they connect with that passion that they can take it further," said Keller. "Realizing that maybe I can help expose them to something that they are passionate about makes me feel as if I am doing something that is purposeful."

To learn more about GROW La Crosse, or to find some of Keller's videos, visit GROW's website.

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Travis Judell

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