Garden club plants many seeds of knowl­edge

The Weekend Post - - News -

THE Aloomba State School kids’ garden club is a lit­tle over six months old, but has al­ready re­vamped the com­mem­o­ra­tive An­zac garden and es­tab­lished a vegie, herb and flower beds.

“The most re­cent do­na­tion from Bun­nings In­n­is­fail has re­ally tipped the scales to give the stu­dents what they have been wish­ing for – their own lit­tle ‘patch’,” said club founder and vol­un­teer garden co-or­di­na­tor Marin Hal­dane.

“Bun­nings staff helped the kids build the beds and plant vegie, herb and flower seedlings. The Feed Shop in Gord- on­vale do­nated straw to help pro­tect our lit­tle plants and we might make a scare­crow too.”

Other do­na­tions came from B&D Garden Sup­plies at Edmonton, Cairns Mulch, Cairns Hard­ware, Town & Coun­try AG Ser­vices in Gor­don­vale and a school fam­ily who pro- vided a $70 plant voucher.

Run by par­ents, the club has so far in­volved more than 20 of the school’s 88 stu­dents, who plant seeds, weed, prune and de­sign new garden ar­eas.

Prin­ci­pal Robyn Cor­bett said the club was a big suc­cess.

“From a teach­ing per­spec- tive, stu­dents are do­ing lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy even be­fore the school bell rings.

“They write out plant la­bels, count and mea­sure and prob­lem solve to­gether. There’s an el­e­ment of dis­cov­ery, whether its dig­ging up a grub or learn­ing how to use the hose timer.”

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