Joplin students work to replace a butterfly garden destroyed eight years ago

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Students at an area school plant a garden to replace one destroyed during the 2011 tornado.

There was a butterfly garden planted outside the original St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School. But the May 22nd tornado took that out. 

With the help of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, third graders at the replacement school in Wildwood Ranch got down and dirty to bring the tradition back.

“In the front, we’re planting some things that like sun like all Missouri native plants, some milkweed, some asters and some things that will bloom in the fall and then on the side we’re planting some wild hydrangea and some different native things just to try and attract butterflies,” says Debi Staton, St. Mary’s Elementary 3rd grade teacher.

Staton says her students have done all the work including preparing the soil, planting and watering them.

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