Second grade students plant "sensory" garden at Burnley-Moran

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A group of students at Burnley-Moran Elementary School are responsible for a new sensory garden at the school.

After learning about Helen Keller, a class of second graders came up with the idea of a sensory garden with plant beds dedicated to each of the five senses.

"The big idea of this project was empathy and being able to understand how others might feel if they are visually or hearing impaired," said teacher, Shay Shifflett. "Even though we don't know what that's like, still being able to empathize with them."

"It's an empathy garden," said student, Lincoln Shaw. "We made it for people like Helen Keller who couldn't do some senses but could do others like smell and feel."

On Thursday, students debuted the garden by giving tours to parents and staff.

"It was really nice to watch the students not only grow academically but grow as a community and to work together as a team to make this project come to life," said Shifflett.

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