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Ennis BBQ fundraiser successful for 6th-graders

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

ENNIS - More than $12,000 was raised for the Ennis sixth grade at its first annual barbecue dinner fundraiser Saturday.

According to Parent Teacher Organization President Lou Luckhardt, these funds will assist teachers in continuing the study of the medieval period and provide hands-on science training by providing an outdoor lab.

Wanting to give students experience working with and interacting in nature, science teachers have created butterfly and prairie gardens, to teach children science with a direct hands-on approach.

The prairie garden will give students experience in working with nature to see what things can be planted and grow in this region.

Each (science) class will be responsible for its own section of the garden. Students are waiting until spring to begin planting their gardens.

Eventually the faculty would like to include a nature trail which would lead to the line of trees behind the school. Students would learn about various species of birds and other wildlife through the trails.

Over the last month, students have studied about medieval times through medieval times-themed lesson plans.

Luckhardt said, with the funds raised, the PTO can now sponsor a field trip in May for students and faculty to Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie. According to Luckhardt, more than 800 people were served barbecue sandwiches, chips and cookies.

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