Keith Country Day students learn to grow with gardening program

Rockford, Ill. (WIFR) Students at Keith Country Day have quite the green thumb when it comes to gardening.

The middle school's gardening program teaches students how weather impacts the growth of plants, as well as how to grow and maintain a garden.

Kids planted seeds a few weeks ago, and they are already starting to see some plants bloom. Keith started the program last year and science teacher David Bye said it's a great way to get kids outdoors.

"I think the struggle of every teacher and every parent is how do we get kids off the screens and interacting in the real world in meaningful ways," Bye said. "This is a great example of where they get outside, they get dirty, and they're giving back to their community."

The different fruits and vegtables grown in the garden are then used in the school's lunch program.