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Students get their hands dirty

Alissa Widman Neese • May 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

A preview of today's schools feature story, from Venice Heights Elementary School:

Takirah Skelton-Brown, 12, squirmed as she dug her hands into a huge pile of dark, moist soil.

The sixth-grader giggled as she padded clumps of dirt around a small plant, a seedling she vowed to nurture until it someday grows tall and strong.

“I think I’m going to name it ‘Sunshine,’” she said with a smile. “I’m going to take it home and take care of it.”

Skelton-Brown and about 20 classmates potted and took home small spider plants this past Thursday as they concluded an almost two-hour tour of the Sandusky Greenhouse.

Three classes from Venice Heights Elementary School, for students with disabilities, participated in the hands-on lesson in horticulture. Students snaked through rows of colorful shrubs, trees and blossoms and spent a good amount of time chatting with the noisy, yellow greenhouse bird.

Quirky science experiments organized by greenhouse volunteer Richard Gallagher were the most popular attraction. Students had fun while learning about water pressure, solar energy, air pressure and more. 

Call 419-627-5845 to schedule a group tour of the Sandusky Greenhouse or stop by 601 Franklin St. from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Click here to subscribe to the e*Paper or buy a Register at a newsstand near you to view pictures, learn about the greenhouse's history and read all of the BGSU Firelands School Notes page.

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