Students Helping Students
It all started in October. Kindergarten was about to embark on an adventure of planting, growing and giving. The Kindergarten program at Evergreen school is connected with “The Little Green Thumbs Project” from the Calgary Zoo. One of the main components of being a Little Green Thumb is to share.
With many different ways to share plants, the Kindergarten teachers and students came up with a plan to help Calgary Kids. One of the seeds we planted in our garden was basil. It was growing very well so we decided to plant enough basil to sell a plant to each family at our school for 5$. The money raised would go to “Calgary’s Brown Bagging for Kids”. Five dollars goes a long way, it feeds a hungry child lunch for an entire school week. The children have decorated brown bags for the lunches to go into. Not only will that child get a lunch, but also a thoughtfully decorated bag. The children are excited about the process of selling basil and are taking plants home themselves. Most of all, they are delighted to send a lunch to a child who needs it. The plants will be sold on Earth day.
The children have planted, grown and consumed from our garden. Among many things the children have learned is that they can help others with just a tiny seed.
Suzanne Smith teaches Kindergarten. Gardens flourish with love and care, so do children.