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Mississippi Department of Education Spotlight Video

Third graders at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Mississippi’s DeSoto County School District head outdoors every day to deepen their learning by working on their school farm. The farm helps teach math, science, social studies and English language arts, and students who work on the farm achieve among the highest test scores in the state. 2016 DeSoto County Schools Teacher of the Year Todd Willis leads Pleasant Hill’s farm program, which he started five years ago with a small garden. Today students raise rabbits, hens, cows, pigeons and tilapia and grow crops ranging from tomatoes to strawberries to muscadine grapes. Students, parent volunteers and community support keep the farm running throughout the year.

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Mississippi Department of Education Spotlight Video