Fifth Grade Plant Study Also Provides Food for Those in Need

Sometimes hard work, a compassionate heart, and a dynamite science teacher are all you need to brighten someone’s day.
For the past month, Allen-Stevenson fifth graders have been flexing their green thumbs, growing seven different types of leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, kale, spinach, lettuce, arugula, and other species, for science class. Their work as junior botanists consisted of watering, planting, monitoring, and checking the greens for sun exposure. 
 
“Our study of plants is a multi-step project,” Chaplin Warren, Science Teacher said. “The main goal was to teach our boys about the function of plants, along with a plant’s parts. We also wanted to educate them on the life cycle of a plant, and the role—or roles—plants play in creating a functioning ecosystem.”
 
But their work also had a social component. On November 20, the fruits, or rather the leaves of their labor, came to fruition when our students packaged up their plants for delivery to All Souls Church, where their flora will be used as a component of meals distributed to those in need.
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