Growing controversy surrounding school garden in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - There is a growing controversy in North Las Vegas after one parent says her preschool daughter’s grass play area was ripped up to make way for a new school garden.

"I was really upset, and take an attack. I didn't know it was going to happen,” said Susan Smith.

Smith said she was stunned when she dropped her daughter off at Goynes Elementary on Monday, near Aliante Parkway and the 215 beltway, and found the grass area was gone.

"I was really upset, especially when I was told that fourth and fifth graders are going to be in that area now along with my four-year-old, who has learning delays," Smith said.

The project is one of many going in around Clark County schools. Garden classrooms are tended by community members, staff, and students. The projects are paid for by grants.

The goal is to get kids on board with growing food and learning to eat healthily.

"In my mind, kids need to run, and they need to be encouraged to run and play, and now, they only took away the area where the preschool students have to run and play," said Smith.

A school district spokesperson said parents were in the loop about the project from the start.

For more information on the projects, you can visit here

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