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Michael Alexander (middle) was awarded a $500 grant to help his students learn about horticulture hands-on. Alexander is flanked by Weddington Garden Club’s Debbie Woodhull and UA Headmaster John D. Marshall.

The Garden Club of Weddington has presented Union Academy Charter School’s agriculture teacher, Michael Alexander, with a check for $500 to enhance horticulture education in the classroom.

The garden club held several fundraisers in their efforts to contribute to qualifying agriculture programs.

Alexander’s proposal included the agriculture classes building raised garden beds for teachers to incorporate gardening into their curriculum. The plan is for high school students to teach younger students the principles of growing flowers that beautify the school as well as vegetables that they will donate to the local community shelter or specific families in need.