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STUDENT OUTCOMES

UGA researchers collaborated with Clarke Middle School to examine the impact of Grow It Know It at the school, demonstrating that this program provides unique opportunities for students to collaborate and to build relationships across socioeconomic and racial lines. For instance, participating sixth graders drew upon their experiences with GIKI programming to suggest community-based solutions to address food insecurity, such as starting community gardens or produce stands in areas that lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The research findings led to several professional development opportunities for CCSD educators during the 2016-2017 school year, including, a pre-planning session focused on teaching about sustainability, and a monthly CCSD school garden discussion group.