Local elementary schools plant seeds of learning in students minds

Volunteers and teachers fight the ‘Nature-Deficit Disorder’ by taking classrooms outside and into the summer.
Sunday, June 22, 2008 | 8:22 p.m. CDT; updated 1:20 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Minutes after the final bell rang at Ridgeway Elementary School a few weeks ago, fourth-grader Cole Nelson was pressing dirt around the delicate stem of a newly planted flower, a rose turtle head.