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April 25, 2006

Albany -- Some Albany first graders got a little dirt under their fingernails as they beautified their school Tuesday.

About 30 students at Morningside Elementary planted flowers in the school's courtyard. They got help from experts at Lawnscapes and the Hilton Garden Inn. Albany's Hilton donated the plants to give the students a hands-on educational experience and to celebrate the importance of gardening and environmental awareness.

"We dig the holes and spread stuff out and then we had plants and it's like a garden," said 1st Grader Destinee Laramore.

"The kids are having a great time. It's always nice to get out of the classroom and learn while you're doing it, learn about gardening, but also get a little dirty while you're at it," said Hilton General Manager Todd Cleveland.

School administrators say the project also helps build relationships between the school and the community and teaches kids about jobs they may one day aspire to have.

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