PdC eighth graders pass down gardening enthusiasm, knowledge

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The kindergarteners at Prairie du Chien Public Schools enjoyed hands-on gardening alongside their eighth grade counterparts last week. The group of students worked together to spiff up the gardens behind B.A. Kennedy for another season. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Eighth grader Hunter Davis shows kindergartener Aiden Knight how to weed a garden bed.

Collin Seeley follows Sheila Nagel as she delivers some winter garden debris to the compost pile.

Alex McNerney carries dead foliage away from the gardens.

 By Correne Martin

The kindergarteners at Prairie du Chien Public Schools rolled up their sleeves and got dirty, under the guidance oftheir eighth grade counterparts, last week. The two grades worked together on Wednesday, April 29, to spiff up the gardens behind B.A. Kennedy—a project that hasn’t been seriously tended to in several years.

The eighth graders are the class that actually built the gardens and began maintaining them when they were in second grade. This spring, they passed down their enthusiasm and knowledge to the next batch of amateur horticulturists. In last Wednesday’s sunshine, the students cleaned out old winter debris, scrubbed down the wooden garden boxes, refreshed the paint on the boxes, weeded the gardens, and started planting flower and vegetable seeds in the beds.

The middle school student council supplied the paint. Gloves and tools accumulated several years ago via grant money were used last week, and the district’s Yes Team also provided some necessary equipment.

The kindergarteners, who have been studying a plant unit in Mrs. Angela Voelzke’s science class, were anxious to get out of the classroom and into the hands-on action. This coming fall, as first graders, they will personally harvest their vegetables and taste test them. During the summer months, community volunteers will come in to keep up the gardens and harvest what would otherwise go to waste with school out of session.

Mrs. Chris Mezera’s eighth graders seemed attentive in advising the younger students and charmed by their zealous work ethic.

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