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It's an alternative approach to education. Some at-risk Muscatine students at the East Campus are building solid relationships with community leaders and businesses.

The students are reaching out to the community, and are involved in projects where they join forces with some of the most respected people in Muscatine.

In an effort to promote healthier living, students are planting an organic, community garden. The produce from that garden will be given to people in Muscatine. Senior  Ana Gayton says the students are doing special things, and people are starting to believe in us.

Chuckie Fernandes is a student at the Alternative School. He says the community approach to learning is a win-win. For him and people around town. Fernandes says his outlook on going to school is so much better than just a few years ago.

Annette Shipley from the Muscatine County Extension Services is one of the professionals working with students on planning and planting the community garden. She says there is great value in taking the classroom outdoors.

Shipley also believes that kids learn skills they need to keep a job and how to be responsible.

The students also get hands on experience, creating a public service announcement for United Way and also working with representatives from the Blue Zones Project on a video to promote healthy nutrition.

The seniors at the school are on track to graduate this year.

Science teacher Lee Falkena says it does Take a Village to Raise a Child. Falkena says he sees the potential in these students. How they are getting turned on to education. Seeing that change is what inspires him to come to class every day.    

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