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Carver students take care of Lost Island's palm trees in winter

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Palm trees aren't something you would normally see in the Midwest -- especially not in an Iowa winter.

That's why Carver Middle School students in Waterloo decided to take care of the trees from Lost Island Water Park for the cold weather season.

Botany teacher Tony Kisch says it started when he saw the plants at the park.

He wanted to help the park out and teach students about plants from other regions.

At first, he recruited kids to help, but he says the kids loved the project so much they started to volunteer.

"I wanted to learn more about them and wanted to see how they grow and stuff like that," 8th-grader Noe Calderon says.

"It's just fun, I just like them, they're pretty cool," says fellow 8th-grader Herberto Villa.

Teachers say the students do everything from re-potting the plants to watering them on a daily basis.

Kisch says the kids love them so much, he just ordered four more palm trees online.
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