Greenhouse work creates young green thumbs
Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Deena Kassawat (left) and Brandon Evans worked together in the garden area next to the greenhouse at Union Elementary School April 16.
Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Brandon Evans pushed dirt around a freshly planted pansy in the greenhouse area at Union Elementary School April 16.
Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Lyndsey Thompson dug a hole to plant a pansy near the greenhouse at Union Elementary School April 16.
Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Shown, from left, are Union Elementary School students Ava Balinsky, Lyndsey Thompson, and Andy Clark as they work in the garden next the the greenhouse April 16.
Neighbors | Natalie Scott.The greenhouse will house plants all year for students at Union Elementary School to learn about and care for.
By NATALIE SCOTT
Union Elementary School recently assembled a greenhouse as a tool to teach students about nature and caring for plants. The greenhouse has been a project principal Mike Masucci has been working toward for some time.
“The idea has been here for a while,” Masucci said. “First, we needed to find a spot to make sure that it’s secure and then we had to get the money to finish it. We partnered with Carbon Limestone Landfill to get electricity running through the greenhouse for winter and running water. So far, we have received $4,000 in grants and we have applied for another $3,000.”
Students have been spending time outdoors, planting, watering and tending to the plants since the main building was constructed and some ground was cleared outside for planting, as well. On April 16, students from different classes took turns going outside to plant pansies.
“We wanted an area where the children could garden and get their hands dirty,” said Masucci. “This will be a great experience for them and I think they will learn a lot about how things grow.”