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Project-Based Learning

Submitted photos HAS students hard at work on the construction of a butterfly garden.
Teacher Nadele Bertus assists a student in planting milkweed in the garden.
Some of the high school students who worked on the garden relax afterward.

ELKINS — Students at Highland Adventist School have completed installation of a butterfly garden on the school’s five-acre campus on the north edge of Elkins. The school received a $2,000 grant from the Loma Linda University EXSEED STEM education grant program for the project.

Students developed the project budget, designed, engineered and installed the garden. The garden includes a hard surface seating area with two student-constructed benches surrounded by four planting beds where milkweed, butterfly bush and other plants attractive to butterflies have been started.

“The development and building of this garden took a lot of planning and hard work by our high school students,” Cheryl Jacko, HAS principal said. “Our students grew in their leadership and teamwork while learning engineering and construction skills. Our students did hours of research on butterfly habitats, landscaping and construction before they ever started this project. This kind of project-based learning is very effective.”

For more information about Highland Adventist School, which provides innovative Christian curriculum for students in grades PK-12, visit www.highlandadventistschool.org or call 304-636-4274.