Poland Union plants flowers for Mother’s Day

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Neighbors | Submitted.Students at Poland Union Elementary School learned about gardening by planting flowers in the school's greenhouse.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Students learned gardening skills, and the importance of plants at Poland Union Elementary School's greenhouse where they planted flowers.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Poland Union students planted flowers for Mother's Day in the school's greenhouse with the help of high school students who are members of the Big Dog Little Dog mentorship program.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Students at Poland Union Elementary School utilized the school's greenhouse, growing flowers as gifts for Mother's Day.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

Poland Union students got their hands dirty planting flowers in the schools greenhouse.

Students planted flowers to grow for Mother’s Day, a project that Union has been participating in for seven years.

School principal Michael Masucci said that the project has been a tradition in the Poland community for 17 years.

“It gives students an opportunity to feel successful because they get to watch something grow,” Masucci said.

Flowers and soil for the project were donated by KW Zellers and Sons Inc. along with the Home Depot in Salem.

“I don’t even need to ask anymore; I can show up and they are always willing to help,” Masucci said about Zellers. “As long as a kid is getting his hands dirty planting these flowers they are willing to help.”

Parent Teacher Organization members and Poland Seminary High School student members of the Big Dog Little Dog group volunteered to assist Union students in planting.

These same volunteers will return to the school to help transfer the plants to larger pots.

“Many people don’t see just how much exercise planting actually is,” Masucci said. “It has a wide variety of benefits.”

Along with volunteers, Masucci said that this program would not be possible without Mike McEvey, the schools head custodian.

“He is the main reason we are able to keep doing this, he works so hard and helps maintain the greenhouse over the years,” Masucci said.

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