Two winning projects for the annual Midlands RETHINK contest came from these 6th-grade students from Longleaf Middle School. Projects were judged on the students’ research and presentation about local species of owls as well as the students’ upcycled projects of their chosen owl.
55 10th-12th grade students at Cardinal Newman HS are working to create and crochet plastic bag yarn into bedrolls from Columbia’s homeless. Team moderator, Lara Druffner, writes “This project serves two wonderful purposes: keeping reusable materials out of the landfills and giving a dry, lightweight and warm sleeping mat to those in need. Win/Win”
Barclay School Students taught others by writing articles for their newsletter about their fall garden project. Here are two excerpts:
Jack wrote, “Before Fall Break, the students dug the dirt and removed weeds from the garden. Then teachers got some more mulch and ten flowers. The flowers are called mums and Elephant Ears. I really enjoy having a beautiful garden at the Barclay School.”
Claire wrote, “The Mimosa Garden Club visited us to see how our garden was doing. The ladies were very kind and gave us a huge donation for our plants and other needs. We thank the Mimosa Garden Club.”
Students at JB Edwards Elementary have been busy raising vegetables. Kindergarten students weeded their beds of beans and squash in August and 4th graders harvested sweet potatoes in early September as part of climate gardening. Students are minimizing carbon emitting inputs by growing their own food.
Thanks to Seed Fairies Amy Dabbs and Alivia Gunter (pictured) of Clemson Extension and Judy and Curtis of Botanical Interests for seed packets to be shared among many school gardens in Richland and Lexington Counties. The seeds, distributed statewide through Clemson Extension, are donated by Botanical Interest, a Colorado family based company that provides seed packets designed to help gardeners succeed and create their own traditions. Featuring gorgeous botanical artists’ renderings of each variety, every packet provides a wealth of information. The owners consider their seed company as a “gardening education company that just happens to sell seeds.” The packets are like mini-encyclopedias, full of information to inspire and assist every type of gardener. Botanical Interest has a seed fundraising program, sells garden tools and heirloom seeds and even has tips and recipes to help you with your gardening project. So please check out www.Botanical Interest.com