Union students plant Mother’s Day surprise


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Neighbors | Sarah Foor .Kindergartners Sophia D’Angelo (left) and Dennis Andrews listened closely to make sure they followed directions while planting their seedlings.

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Dennis Andrews (left) and Nicholas McGoogan held their plants by the roots as not to damage their seedlings.

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Emily Beal took a questioning look at her seedling, wondering how the tiny plant turns into a large flower.

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Andy Clark (left) and Ava Gallo softly and carefully pushed down the soil around their begonias so they would grow healthy and strong.

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After planting their seedlings, first-graders Hayley Ho (left), Marilyn Holloway, Lilly Gushura, Angelo Elia, and Katherine Dodge were excited to see their plants grow in the coming weeks.

By SARAH FOOR

sfoor@vindy.com

Union Elementary students recently got their hands dirty to create a very special Mother’s Day gift.

The environmentally-friendly present began with recycled water bottles. By cutting off the tops, the bottles were made into tiny flower pots for seedlings that will grow larger in time for Mother’s Day.

Mike Masucci began the project nearly 15 years ago as principal at North, and has brought the tradition to the students at Union this year.

“The project really began when I met a very generous greenhouse owner in Hartville, Ohio,” Masucci explained. “Like me, he believes that kids need to learn how to get their hands dirty. I visit his greenhouse every year and he donates as many seedlings as I need to get the students started on some beautiful flowers.”

On April 6, Masucci brought Union kindergartners and first-graders to the school’s stage to show the kids how to plant impatiens and begonia flowers.

The principal explained the process to the students, telling them how fertilizer works, how to properly hold and plant the tiny buds, and how to care for them when they start to grow.

“Plants love being talked and sung to. If you get a chance, come say hello to your plant as it grows,” Masucci suggested.

Gina Chiaro’s kindergarten class planted their flowers on April 6, and the teacher appreciated the hands-on experience for her students.

“We’ve been learning about living things, and exploring how plants work through poems and literature. I love that the kids get to see the whole process this way, starting from a seedling and growing into a flower. It really makes the subject come alive,” Chiaro shared.

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