Students beautify city of Charles Town

West Virginia

A group of sophomores and juniors at Washington High School in Jefferson County, West Virginia took their learning outside of the classroom on Thursday to help beautify the city of Charles Town.

Altogether, ten students from the greenhouse and horticultural classes at Washington High School helped plant over 500 flowers along George and Washington Street. 

“We’re doing the planter boxes that are along the city hall windows, the courthouse flower beds on either side,” said Katlin Thorsell, AG teacher at Washington High. 

The plant value, of roughly $1,400 is funded by the city of Charles Town, according to school officials. The annual effort, has been going on for several years now, and is a way to teach students life long lessons. 

“You’re always learning something, you’re always doing something new and I really like being hands on,” said Morgan Corbin, a junior at Washington High.

“They actually figure out within that particular area, how they want to arrange the plants, where they’re putting where, which are skills we’ve learned in the greenhouse, so now they’re able to apply that to real life,” said Thorsell. 

The flowers will be distributed among more than 12 different locations in the city of Charles Town. 

“They take you more in as family. You’re not just a student. They really really care about who you are and what you’re going through,” said Corbin. 

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