A special education science teacher with a knack for having a green thumb.
Cheryl Halm is finding new ways for her students to enjoy the outdoors.
"…we took a courtyard that was like, just in disarray full of weeds and everything…. we've turned it into a Learning Center where they can go and learn about how caterpillars turn into butterflies and how to plant plants."
Longtime friend Jill Lee adds, "You want to come here, the way it looked before, I don't think you'd want to be here, I don't think you'd want to spend time here. It's a nice respite place."
That's how students at Manual High School are getting a more up close experience with nature courtesy of Mrs. Halm.
"This beautiful garden, this was done during the summer on her own time. The plants she tapped all her friends and. hey do you have plants I can have, she just turns everything into a learning experience."
"I want to be able to show them you know, actually hands on how plants take up water and all those fun experiments."
Despite all the effort, Halm says there's still plenty of work to be done.
"….we have this big strip that we haven't finished yet. And we've been waiting for them to come back, so that we can complete that strip and put the plants in, but we ran out of money."
Halm adds she plans on using the money to continue the plant project for everyone at Manual.
"It'll also give them a pride and a sense of their school, you know, to come to a school that's got some beauty in it. I think it enlightens everybody."