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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Oakwood Elementary growing leaders and plants

  • A theme at Oakwood Elementary School this year is: Growing Leaders One Child at a Time. School Principal Denise Hudson believes that Oakwood students will make the connection between growing leaders and growing plants. On Tuesday, the process of growing plants began with youngsters planting different types of seeds in small cups.
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  • A theme at Oakwood Elementary School this year is: Growing Leaders One Child at a Time. School Principal Denise Hudson believes that Oakwood students will make the connection between growing leaders and growing plants. On Tuesday, the process of growing plants began with youngsters planting different types of seeds in small cups.
    “We’ll try to teach the kids that they’re kind of like the seeds and they’re growing into leaders, but they have to be nurtured along the way, just like they’ll have to nurture and take care of their plants along the way,” said Hudson with a smile.
    The seeds planted Tuesday will eventually be planted this spring in Hannibal’s Common Ground Community Garden. The invitation to help with the seed planting came earlier this year in the form of an e-mail from Jessie Dryden, Common Ground Community Garden project developer.
    “We normally plant seeds in the spring, so when Jessie sent out the e-mail that said she would provide this opportunity for us to plant and also take it to the community garden, we thought that would be neat because the kids can see it through the summer and see the progress of their plants,” said second grade teacher Terra Murphy.
    Hudson was happy to see the young students having the opportunity.
    “We’ve always try to plant seeds. This opportunity allows us to bring the community in, too,” she said. “A lot of these kids wouldn’t do it (grow plants from seeds) if we didn’t do it in the school. We have to learn about planting, growing things and lifecycles in our standards, but what better way than to have a hands-on experience.
    “Hopefully they’ll enjoy it and learn something along the way.”
    As youngsters ventured outside to begin the planting process, Murphy could tell the level of anticipation was increasing.
    “They’re excited,” she said.
     
    Excited students
     
    Among the students were Courtney Locke and Addie Ball.
    “It will be fun I think,” said Courtney.
    “I’m kind of excited because usually you don’t get to do this at your school,” said Addie.
    Neither Courtney or Addie are gardening rookies.
    “I have a garden at home. We plant mostly vegetables and we have sunflowers,” said Addie, whose favorite vegetable to grow is the potato.
    “Sometimes in the summer and spring we have our own little garden we plant flowers in,” said Courtney.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gardening is an enjoyable activity, according to Addie.
    “I like that it’s something you can do over and over again,” she said. “Plants go to really good use if you think about it.”
    Courtney expected to gain knowledge during Tuesday’s seed planting.
    “We’ll learn how to take care of things a little better; how to take care of plants,” she said.
    Hudson saw an assortment of lessons potentially coming from Tuesday’s experience.
    “There are life skills as far as planting food and resources,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll get some social things and academic things out of it.”
    The seeds planted Tuesday will be kept at Oakwood until it’s time to re-plant them at the Community Garden in mid-May.
    “We’ll store them in the classrooms along the window sills and places where we can find some sunlight throughout the building,” said Hudson.
     

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