Grade 2 students
at Centreville Community School are learning to be green thumbs by growing lettuce in their classroom for the school cafeteria.
"Students care for the plants from seed to harvest and
learn about life cycles and care of the plants," said teacher Angie Debertin. "They also monitor nutrients and
pH in the hydroponic system for optimal growth. The mature lettuce is harvested
and given to the school cafeteria to be used in salads, providing a healthy
food choice for our students and staff."
Debertin said lettuce is grown at three different
stages so that fresh produce is always available.
"Students learn about how food
is grown and their efforts provide an important service to our school community," she noted.
Similar gardening projects are taking place in other schools in ASD-W as part of global competency and experiental learning, as well as group skills development.