NFL players help build Super Bowl garden at Dallas school



Posted on January 22, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 22 at 10:02 PM

McNair Elementary School

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DALLAS — The benefits of Super Bowl XLV are already trickling down to the community level.

On Saturday, more than 200 students, parents, and volunteers — including NFL veteran and Richardson native Scott Turner — put together a learning garden at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Dallas sponsored by the NFL Players Association.

They laid down stone pathways and spread out soil for gardening beds.

The goal is to help hundreds of children learn about nature and science in a unique way.

"It's like bringing the classroom from inside outside, and we'll be doing a lot of things out here," said McNair principal Virginia Lockwood-Terry. "We're just excited and grateful for a real school garden, for giving us the chance to install this on our campus."

Students will be responsible for taking care of the garden themselves, and at least one class will be out there every day.

The layout includes a vegetable garden, a butterfly garden, and room for experiments.

The project was sponsored by the NFL Players Association, Nike, REAL School Gardens and the Dallas ISD.