ALHAMBRA (CBSLA.com) — Students celebrated Earth Day Wednesday by planting a garden at a local elementary school in Alhambra.

The garden, which has been funded by the American Heart Association, will teach kids how to eat healthy items at Fremont Elementary School.

Over the course of three years, students will learn how to take care of the garden from start to finish, while helping to save the environment.

“Children that grow their own healthy fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat those fruits and vegetables,” said Maris Rodriguez of the American Heart Association.

The garden was built from the ground up. Seventh and eighth graders assembled the planters, while Pre-K students dumped soil, dug holes and planted the fruits and vegetables.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Teachers explained the garden helps students of all grade levels work together in a hands on experience that teaches problem solving as a team.

“It’s going to help us integrate a lot of our curriculum inside the classroom, by bringing it into the outside,” said Dr. Ignacio Muniz, Principal of Fremont Elementary School.

According to the American Heart Association, it will be up to the school to further maintain and fund the garden after the program concludes.

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