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Louisville schools add gardening to agenda

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -

Along with the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic, students in Jefferson County are learning how to garden.

Thanks to a $1.5 million grant, more than two dozen schools across Louisville are adding gardens to their school grounds. Schools that already maintained gardens can use the funding to expand them.

Jill Costin, nutrition initiatives coordinator for Jefferson County Public Schools, told The Courier-Journal that the money was part of a $7.8 million grant the district received last year to promote nutrition and physical activity .

Fern Creek High School senior Katelyn Ong said many of her classmates don't have a "real connection" to where their food comes from. She says some don't recognize fruits and vegetables if they look different from what normally appears in the supermarket.

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