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Detroit — Students at a Detroit high school exercised their green thumbs Friday, wrapping up a week of activities promoting sustainability and environmental protection in Detroit Public Schools.

At Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern, students worked in the school’s conservatory, stacking pots on shelves, mixing soil and planting turnip, dill and collard greens, peas and herbs.

Students discussed caring for the plants, including watering techniques and the type of sunlight and placement needed to maximize growth.

Across the district, students participated in environmentally friendly projects such as energy and water conservation, recycling and gardening as part of DPS’ third annual Green Week. Since 2012, schools also have pursued conservation efforts as part of the district’s Go Green Challenge.

“Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of school gardens, the amount of recycling taking place at schools, and the intentional focus on reducing energy and water usage in our school buildings,” said Alycia Meriweather, executive director for the Office of Science Education.

— The Detroit News

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