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Seeds of charity: Longview High students' produce garden project benefits global organizations

By Jessica Ferguson jferguson@news-journal.com
April 26, 2012 at 10 p.m.

You might say students in Longview High School's International Baccalaureate program have a growing passion to do something good for others.

The students have planted a produce garden to help people in need around the world.

The students plan on selling their produce at local farmers markets, said Linda Buie, head of the International Baccalaureate program at LHS.

The proceeds from the sales then will be used as donations for two international projects, Feed the Children and Learning for LIMBS.

The students chose the two organizations because of their impact on people around the globe, not just in East Texas.

Learning for LIMBS, developed at LeTourneau University, trains people in third world countries to create prosthetic legs for amputees who have lost limbs during war or in other ways.

The IB program has worked closely with the program for the past three years.

Feed the Children provides food for impoverished children as well as disaster relief throughout the world.

"This teaches the students international mindedness and allows students to help both locally and abroad," Buie said.

The garden, in the 1200 block of Yates Drive, was an idea that the students came up with a year ago. It since has become a reality.

International Baccalaureate students are required to complete about 150 hours in their Creativity, Action and Service program for graduation.

The garden is one way the students chose to complete the requirement.



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