Students build campus reading garden

HARLINGEN — The children sprawled joyfully across the grass, laughing with boundless enthusiasm as they considered the vegetable garden they would soon build there.

“I’m excited because it’s going to be really fun and going to be educational,” said Abigail Garza, a third grader at Travis Elementary.

“We can do a little bit of reading,” said Abigail, 9, who declared herself the “Ultimate Harry Potter Fan.”

She and several other members of the Travis Elementary Student Council had just been talking about the campus reading garden, which they and their classmates will soon begin building. The “Vegetable Literacy Garden Project” will contain raised beds where students will plant carrots, lettuce, onions, peppers and other vegetables this spring. The students will plant other vegetables in the fall.

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