These days students may feel their education is a little dry, with budget cuts eliminating most fine arts and physical education. Often after school hours aren't much better, spent watching TV or playing video games. But at Manzo Elementary school, students are discovering a solution to this bleak landscape...creating an oasis in the desert. (...)
Now the students have begun a new project to create a garden in front of the school. What started as bare dirt now hosts a variety of native plants and a rainwater harvesting project. With a grant from the Watershed Management Group, and support from the University of Arizona and Home Depot, Thompson finds himself directing his pint size charges.