Car­bon­ear Academy Grade 3s en­joy grow­ing food, cre­at­ing art

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS

Grade 3 stu­dents at Car­bon­ear Academy have been tak­ing their lessons a lit­tle fur­ther than text­books this year.

On Fri­day, May 5th, stu­dents, teach­ers, and par­ents all had the chance to join a cel­e­bra­tion of the work stu­dents in Diane Whe­lan’s class did on agri­cul­ture and arts over the past year.

The Grade 3 class­room was awarded two grants – one from the Lit­tle Green Thumbs pro­gram, and one from Arts NL. The grants al­lowed the class to grow their own veg­eta­bles in their class­room and ex­plore and study New­found­land cul­ture through var­i­ous forms of art.

Stu­dents showed off their artis­tic cre­ations and the veg­eta­bles they grew at Fri­day’s event in­side the school’s gym­na­sium.

Whe­lan, who ap­plied for the grants, said they al­low stu­dents to learn be­yond the text­books, say­ing that she feels as though hav­ing hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with things like this is far more ben­e­fi­cial than just sit­ting down and read­ing through a book.

“Sit­ting down and telling kids about New­found­land’s cul­ture is one thing,” ex­plained Whe­lan, “but get­ting them out and show­ing them, let­ting them re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence it, that’s what’s go­ing to make them ac­tu­ally want to learn. I feel like it’ll stick with them a lot longer this way.”

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The event was opened up with a song sung by the Car­bon­ear Academy choir.

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A cake dec­o­rated sur­rounded by food pre­pared us­ing some of the foods the stu­dents grew in their class­room.

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See HAND-IN-HAND, page A11 The veg­eta­bles grown by the stu­dents have been picked, and are now pre­par­ing for the next batch.

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