Carbonear Academy Grade 3s enjoy growing food, creating art
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.”
The event was opened up with a song sung by the Carbonear Academy choir.
A cake decorated surrounded by food prepared using some of the foods the students grew in their classroom.
See HAND-IN-HAND, page A11 The vegetables grown by the students have been picked, and are now preparing for the next batch.