Garden club shares planting with grade 1
First-graders at the Melrose Avenue School and the Quononoquott Garden Club kicked off a new partnership last Wednesday with an afternoon planting activity. The clouds cleared and it warmed up as 51 first-grade students, their teachers Debbie Murphy, Leanne Turenne, and Kelly Speck, and 10 members of the garden club planted daffodil bulbs around the Melrose school and in front of the Lawn Avenue School.
In the spring, first-graders will focus on a unit of study called "New Plants." One of the
things they will learn about is how plants grow from a variety of sources: seeds, bulbs, and even cuttings. When the daffodils bloom, the students will see the results of their fall planting, and begin to understand the life cycle of a bulb. Jillian Meyer, vice president of the garden club, said the students brought a lot of enthusiasm to the project. "I told them that these bulbs should come up for years, and that each spring they pass them they can remember, 'We planted those in first grade.' "They liked that." According to the school
improvement plan, one goal of the Jamestown School is to increase community service opportunities for the students and at the same time involve the community in the work of the school. This collaboration between the first grade team and the QGC offers an exciting opportunity for both the students and the adults. The garden club members hope to share their extensive knowledge and love of plants as well as support the teachers and students in learning about nature and the environment.