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Little Green Thumbs

Grade 3 students at Greenway School are earning their green thumbs by growing basil for a school fundraiser.

Teachers Kevin Roberts, Pamela Shay and Harbins Rihal had their students watering and monitoring an indoor garden in the school’s art room over the past two months.

Students sold their produce at lunch and at their spring concert.
“We’re hoping to raise enough money for a field trip,” said student Marvin Duran, who added that students would vote on a destination.

The venture was made possible by Little Green Thumbs, an indoor gardening program that provided equipment and supplies to the school.

“We used a special light to help the plants grow,” said student Kaydence Stevenson.

“We would go to the art room to check on the plants and see if the soil was dry,” added Hilena Abed.

Teachers tied the students learning into the Grade 3 curriculum. For example, students figured out the best price to sell the basil, ultimately deciding on $2 per bushel.

Students said it wasn’t difficult growing their own produce—and they encouraged everyone to grow their own edible plants at home.

“People can keep growing the basil at home and eat it when they like,” said student Genevieve Le Marquis.

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