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Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

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    Chicago officials are announcing that they have installed a total of 100 gardens where students can grow fruit and vegetables at their schools.

    In a news release, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says what are called Learning Gardens that started being installed last year now provide more than 50,000 children with "hands-on nutrition and science education opportunities."

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    The gardens are part of an effort in which the city and a nonprofit group called the Kitchen Community to teach students healthy habits, improve academic performance and reverse trends in childhood obesity.

    The release says the city hopes to plant as many as 40 more gardens in city schools next year.

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